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good italian in Sunnyvale/ Mountain View area

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jennbee May 1, 2012 06:05 PM

I'm from New York and italian food is in my blood (maybe cause i'm a quarter italian). I have been searching for good italian since I moved here three months ago. I have been to Cafe Mozart which bills itself as Italian but really isn't, although it is good. Gumba is mediocre and inauthentic. All of the other italian places I have seen only get so so reviews... so I'm hoping to get some good recommendations here. My fiance and I were thinking about trying Il Postale tonight but I'm not sure if it's worth it.

thanks in advance!

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    dudesinmexico RE: jennbee May 1, 2012 08:30 PM

    Don't bother with Il Postale. Italian food in Silicon Valley is mediocre to say the best. I don't know any place worth going to south of Redwood City, where Donato Enoteca is.

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      mdg RE: dudesinmexico May 1, 2012 09:14 PM

      You don't have to go as far north as Redwood City, but I do think you have to go as far north as Palo Alto. Vero in downtown Palo Alto is excellent with great authentic Italian tastes, and Cafe Renzo (also downtown Palo Alto) is also quite good.

      Nothing else further south that I've tried tastes anything like Italy to me. Your odds a finding good Italian food at a random Italian restaurant in Sunnyvale or Mountain View are exceedingly remote.

      http://www.veroristorante.com/
      http://www.caferenzo.com/

      Michael

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        bbulkow RE: mdg Aug 14, 2012 05:41 PM

        Ate at Vero last night, wonder why I don't eat there more often. Had a branzino special, and a lobster ravioli special. Very good wine recommendations - the main guy can read a person well - there's some kind of italian wine where they take the left-over Amarone grapes after squeezing and add that to the wine while its fermenting - perfect pick for me. Price was about $90 out the door for two with wine. Stood up to spending a few weeks in italy in recently - this is the real deal. Donato Enoteca is good but feels a little large and impersonal to me.

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        goldangl95 RE: dudesinmexico May 2, 2012 11:31 AM

        Second Donato Enoteca.

        Also, not remotely Italian, but Blue Line Pizza in Campbell makes an awesome deep dish pizza (and probably great thin crust pizzas as well).

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          goldangl95 RE: goldangl95 Jun 28, 2013 07:53 PM

          Wanted to add that Vaso Azzurro on Castro in Mountain View does very solid renditions of Italian food. Slightly more Italian-American but not in an overwrought kitchy way. Worth a try if you are in the area.

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