Recommendations for San Jose Italian restaurant?
I'd love to hear recommendations for a casual but awesome San Jose Italian restaurant! Probably will be bringing our own wine with us, corkage fee isn't a problem. As long as the quality of the food is good the food prices aren't an issue either! Northern Italian, Southern Italian...it's all good!
Thanks for your time! I really appreciate your help!
The closest places I can vouch for are in downtown Palo Alto. Vero is the closest thing in the area to visiting Italy. It's a pan-regional menu but tilted towards the south. Cafe Renzo also has some great Italian flavors, again tilting towards the south. It's bigger and a bit noisier than Vero. Overall I prefer the cooking at Vero.
There are plenty of San Jose Italian places that I haven't been to because the menus look so boring and Americanized. Vero in particular is the real deal if you can make it up to Palo Alto.
If Campbell counts as San Jose, A Bellagio is a bit of an exception to the rule. I've had some dreadful Italian in the surrounding area, so stumbling on Bellagio a few years back was a pleasant quite a surprise.
Very solid pasta there, especially the pastas with egg-based sauces such as the Spaghetti Carbonara, Bucatini Bellagio, Penne Al Salmone and their pasta specials. Their sauces are deep and the flavors penetrate the pasta itself.
Not everything is a home run, but if you order what they do well, you should be satisfied.
Pic 1 - Spaghetti Carbonara
Pic 2 - Bucatini Bellagio (Egg Yolks, Parma Ham, Oregano, touch of Tomato, etc.)