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Jun 28, 2007 10:39 AM

Best Dining In Fremont-area?

Any recommendations for California-style or Italian restaurants in the Fremont/Milpitas area? Preferably not a chain. Thanks!!

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  1. I've heard that Massimos is pretty good. Haven't been myself though. Would love to hear your thoughts if you go.

    Up the freeway a couple of miles is Spice Route in Milpitas. New place, great food. I've been meaning to go back. They serve lots of seafood. You could call it Cal Cuisine with Asian influences... but that might be a stretch.
    400 Valley Way, Milpitas (408)262-1700

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    1. re: Fussy Foodie

      Thanks for the great recommendations :)

      1. re: Fussy Foodie

        Oh, no. Please don't go to Massimo's. I've given that restaurant five chances, and have been disappointed each time. Steak tends to be tough, even at medium-rare. Veggies, overcooked. It just goes downhill from there. Good bread, though.

        If you're only looking for Italian, try Strizzi's. Table service is pretty good, but don't eat at the counter. Every time we try that, my dad just ends up getting mad at the server. The bread is fine, the lasagna is rich and filling, and the linguine is consistently tasty. And the wine selection, though rather tame, has some solid choices.

        Barrio Fiesta in Milpitas is pretty good if you're in the mood for Filipino food and looking for an actual table service restaurant instead of Goldilock's. And yes, not Italian or Californian, but a good backup for a slightly adventurous dinner.

        La Casita in Fremont is good, solid Mexican-American homestyle. No big surprises on the menu, but I am a HUGE fan of their chicken-rice-tomato soup. And their albondigas. My mom usually orders the chile verde, and my dad seems to like the burritos. I know, again not what you were looking for, but just in case Strizzi's fails you...

        2740 Mowry Ave
        Fremont, CA 94538
        (510) 797-9000

        Barrio Fiesta
        1790 Milmont Dr
        Milpitas, CA 95035
        (408) 934-9902

        La Casita
        41240 Fremont Blvd
        Fremont, CA 94538
        (510) 657-8602

        Enjoy your stay! And be nice to my hometown... =)

      2. It's been several years since my last visit, but I always enjoyed Il Porcino for Italian in Fremont when I lived there.

        Ristorante Il Porcino, (510)791-7383
        3339 Walnut Ave.
        Fremont, CA

        There are a large number of good restaurants in the greater Fremont area, but Cal-cuisine is notably absent AFAIK.

        1. I agree with Il Porcino. Great place. Also try-

          Buddhanusorn Thai Temple
          36054 Niles Blvd
          (between Linda Dr & Rancho Arroyo Pky)
          Fremont, CA 94536
          (510) 790-2294

          Great Sunday Thai food

          1. For Italian our favorite right now in the area is Cafe Buena Sera in The Hub.

            39133 Fremont Hub Shopping Center, Fremont, 94538

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            1. re: Hungrygirl35

              Oops, it's actually called Cafe Buona Sera, looks like spelled wrong on The Hub site!

            2. "California-style or Italian restaurants in the Fremont/Milpitas area?"

              For years, two independent restaurants in Fremont widely thought to be the best there fit those descriptions exactly. The California-style place was Pearl's Cafe, unfortunately defunct. Il Porcino is the other one, already mentioned. Haven't been there for a while but it was indeed solid.

              Related discussion here not long ago:


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              1. re: eatzalot

                Oh man, I sooo miss Pearl's. I used to go there at least once a week with my parents. Our favorite waitress was a girl I went to grade school with (she was a few years older), and she usually hooked us up with a slice of their nutty chocolate torte. It tasted like everything I love about a Heath bar, but better. Pearl's introduced me to some of my favorite foods--baked brie, risotto, frisee salad with runny egg, carpaccio, sea salt and roasted garlic on my They had some rockin' artichokes and cedar-plank salmon, too.

                The space has been taken over by a vaguely upscale Mexican joint, but my parents and I prefer La Casita. It's homestyle, and there's no need for fancy Mexican food when I'm in town visiting now. After all, I live in LA.