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Occasional restaurant review… VINO SANTO BISTRO

March 1, 2015

FYI…   I love food, travel, community service, and good folks…      Life.

So my lovely wife of 20+ years and I had this gift certificate that we won at a fund-raiser raffle…   $50. bucks for Vino Santo Bistro in the heart of Redwood City, Ca.   2030 Broadway St….    We held it for over a year…

From the outside, the place looks small, and maybe blah-ish…  right next door is a trendy pizza place that has lines out the door….   For What?   Folks like it I guess…  never been there …  no lines at Vino Santo, but it’s always full…

Anyway…    Vino Santo Bistro is right there…    looking crowded, small, maybe even under-rated…       PLEASE DON’T LET THAT LOOK FOOL YOU !!!

GO THERE !!!

When we finally did, after, we were so excited to tell our friends about it…   Turns out that a lot of our friends already knew about this hidden gem…

Check it out…

There’s a bar in the back…  you can’t see it from the store front…   Great little “European”, Nook, I’d swear-I-was-in-Tuscany-flair… Mama’s or Grand-Mama’s kinda joint…

Our first experience almost didn’t happen… we had the gift cert…  but forgot to bring it…   Almost bailed and went for Chinese…      Thought better and spent the cash (not that much, considering)

Do’s…

Start with a good Cocktail…  preferably in a stemmed glass…   then taste a bite or two of their classic bruschetta…  another sip…   Maybe some Carpaccio…  with toast…   and a sip…    then for the AMAZING !!!     Finish your cocktail already and request a glass of Chianti…

The Parppadelle…    I Have never tasted such a perfect house-made pasta…  forget the sauce for a minute…   this stuff is fresh…  about 3/4 inches wide…  fat pasta perfection…  then add their take on a bolognaise…  pancetta, prosccuto,(sp) fresh tomato, and who knows what…   delicious…

Our first experience here was augmented by the manner of our server (waiter)… things just clicked that night…    when dinner was over, we decided to sit at the bar for a night-cap…   really didn’t want to leave…    think: grappa and espresso, or frangelico…  (and uber)

Anyway,  we planned to definitely go back for another romantic-date-night-experience…    so we did…         last night…       what a conflict !!!

ok..  the parpadelle was excellent again…   we also had their simple mixta verde salad, which was delicious…    house-made bread too…     but here’s “What’s Up!”

DON”T ORDER THE CALAMARI !!!!!

Frozen “meat-sweat” deep-fried-manufactured-bread-coated rubber-bands…   Shoulda known from the menu…   “Calamari rings”…    Can’t compute in my head…      A+ Pasta, Classics, (looking at the vongole and fettucine plates as we left) A+ Ambiance…   A+ Tiramisu…   Why put C- Calamari on the menu?

PLEASE REMOVE THIS SH*&^T or Make it right !!!     they have fresh clams, fresh pasta, fresh seafood entree’ of the day…

Whatever…

When our server took up the salad plate, I said you can take this too… (the calamari)  he said…  “is there a problem, Sir?”…   I said, way out of my personal character, “It’s frozen…  there are 100 joints within 25 miles that cook fresh Calamari…   Its Frozen… ”       in good stride, our waiter took the plate, tossed the food into the trash, (wife saw it) removed the cost from the tab, comp’t a tiramisu dessert and continued to wear a smile…      Very professional…

WE LOVE this place…  It’s like taking a 2 hour vacation !!!   Just don’t order the calamari…  (until they get the picture…)

If you are looking for perfect Itallian Pasta-Soul-Food…

VINO SANTO BISTRO…  2030 Broadway…  RWC…

Until Next time …  Happy Heating !!!

2 Comments
  1. Thanks for sharing. Will definitely try it

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