HELP !! MY COLLEGE AGE KIDS HAVE JUST DROPPED IN, AND THEY WANT.....
***ITALIAN**** Live in Redwood City Area Everyone wants casual but good italian food. I don't normally eat it (prefer spicier stuff) but it's what they want. Can anyone out there recommend someplace that not dress up, and reasonable? Thanks Chowhounds!
LaStrada on University in Palo Alto. House made pastas (try the chittarine with ragu), pizza (proscuitto/artichoke is really good), fish and meats. For an app try the selection of foccacia/olives/cured meats sliced with a hand-cranked slicer. Comfortable authenticity, italian spoken by some customers and just about as close to Tuscany food-wise as you're apt to find, at least on the peninsula. And for a bonus, your college age kids will enjoy the coolness factor of eating at a table on the sidewalks of college-dominated Palo Alto.
Casual and reasonable... College aged kids.... Hmmmm Sounds like Buca di Beppo in downtown Palo Alto might fit the bill. Although it is a more Americanized version of Italian food, heavy on the pasta, its large portions are quite a good deal. Also I think your kids will enjoy the jovial atmosphere.
The dish that really stands out for me is the thin crust pizza with sausage and mushroom, ask for the chili oil if you want more fire on the pizza.
Also make a reservation in advance if you don't want to wait around for a hour or so for your table.
643 Emerson St
Palo Alto, CA 94301