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Aug 11, 2007 02:41 PM

Italian restaurant in Mountain View

Looking for a good and affordable Italian restaurant in Mountain View or surrounded area for party of about 40 adults and 25 kids. any suggestions?

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  1. Don Giovannis on Castro in Mt View? I haven't eaten here for a couple of years, but I believe it can accommodate your group and as I recall from my one or two meals, the food was decent. It also always seems relatively crowded. Appreciate any more recent feedback.

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    1. re: doc

      Thanks for your reply. I went to their website but I found them expensive:( Their menu starts from 15.95 and that includes no dessert.

    2. Anyone been to "Pasta?" It has a kids menu that might help save some expense.

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      1. re: Melanie Wong

        checking the site and wow looks promising....thanks!!!!

        1. re: gogalgo

          Hope we can hear from someone who can tell us how the food is. Wonder if it's big enough for your group. If you try it, please let us know how it worked.

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            Sure. I am having them cater the food. I am thinking for some appetizer like grilled vegetables, bruschetta and stuffed mushroom followed by pasta (they serve salad with pasta) and then I will order some pizzas from Pizza hut and buy some artichoke dip and cracker from super market....still scratching my head for dessert. any suggestion?

            1. re: gogalgo

              How about Rick's Ice Cream? Here's the party page, says they'll loan you equipment for smaller groups,

              I love the ice creams here and the water ices (similar to Italian ices) are fantastic. I've been wondering what it's like to work with them for a party, so I'm egging you on to be the guinea pig!

        2. re: Melanie Wong

          Pasta? is decent and cheap. It would fit the bill if Don Giovanni's is too expensive, but I'm not sure you could get a reservation for 40 adults + kids.

        3. How about Bucca de Beppo in Palo Alto? It is family style. Not the best Italian, but pretty good. The portions are huge and the prices are very reasonable, making it a good big group place.

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          1. re: anzu

            Menu looks good but I could not find quote for bulk...i think i need to call them. Thanks!!!

          2. How about Frankie, Johnny and Luigi or Mario's? Another option is Il Postale (although it's in Sunnyvale, which is really close to Mt. View) or Macaroni Grill (in Milpitas, which is 10 minutes away from Mt. View). I used to work in Mountain View/Sunnyvale, and we went to these places often for group lunches.

            Here's the wesites to the mentioned restaurants:

            Frankie Johnnie & Luigi Too
            939 W El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA 94040

            Il Postale
            127 W Washington Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94086

            Marios Pizza & Italian Restaurant
            861 Leong Dr, Mountain View, CA 94043

            Romano's Macaroni Grill
            110 Ranch Dr, Milpitas, CA 95035

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            1. re: sylphi

              Thanks for the links!!
              I have tried Macaroni Grill before (love their food) but it didn't work out. They don't do for big parties and even for small groups they charge extra money for using big utensils to make food.

            2. Mario's Italiano Restaurant on Leong Drive, is unsurpassed for fine and reasonable Italian food. It is a little off the beaten path but worth the effort to find. Mario's is a family owned, restaurant that has been in the same family and located in the same place for over three generations. Check their WEB site at: It is truly a family style restaurant serves all the traditional dishes and beer & wine.

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              1. re: Oldfordman

                Edit: Mario's website, no dot at the end. Lunch $7.75 - $18.75, Dinner: $8.25-$18.75 sounds great. What dishes do you recommend?