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Dec 23, 2012 02:00 PM

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's all good!

Thanks for your time! I really appreciate your help!

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  1. sorry to say SJ isn't known for Italian food. Pizza Bocca Lupo (at the San Pedro Square Market) SJ has good pizza in a casual space, there's a wine bar at the San Pedro Square too.

    1. 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.)

      1. 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.