2009

Spasso Restaurant Review, San Carlos

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Reviewer: Foodnut.com

Spasso

769 Laurel Street (Near Olive)

San Carlos, CA 94070

650-592-5886

650-592-2041 (Fax)

Spasso Website

Book Reservation

Spasso San Carlos Exterior

Spasso is a neighborhood Italian restaurant in San Carlos’ Laurel Street business corridor. There are 5 Italian restaurants within one block!

Spasso San Carlos Interior

Decor, Vibe – Spasso has a narrow dining room with a long bar in the front. Decent decor but not overly fancy. It was pretty full when we dined. Lots of locals of all ages and ethniticities including many families.

Spasso Menu Pictures (Click to zoom into any picture)

Website Spasso Menu

Picks:

Spasso San Carlos Hummus

Hummus with Pita ($4.50) garbanzo beans, tahini, lemon and olive oil was excellent with lots of fresh hummus and pita bread. A nice cheap starter.

Spasso San Carlos Hanger Steak

Marinated Teriyaki Skirt Steak ($21) with garlic mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables topped with onion rings was cooked to our desire and had a nice sweet texture to the meat. Mashed potatoes were soft and not too buttery.

Spasso San Carlos Pasta

Spasso San Carlos Ice Cream

Kid’s Pasta ($5.95) Penne with butter sauce was above average. Nice freshly grated parmesan cheese. It comes with some ice cream.

Spasso San Carlos Peach Cobbler

Warm Apple Peach Cobbler ($6.50) with Warm Carmel and Musket Bourdeaux Sorbetto on top was excellent. Hot out of the oven, good portion size, balanced with limited sweetness. The Sorbetto was home made and very complex in flavor. We substituted that for the vanilla ice cream it usually comes with.

OK:

Spasso San Carlos Wam Cabbage Salad

Warm Cabbage Salad ($7.50) crispy pepper bacon, mushrooms, blue cheese, warm red wine vinaigrette was almost too big, but the dressing was pretty bland.

Spasso San Carlos Polenta

Polenta Cubes ($5) fried Polenta with blue cheese, Balsamic reduction, and lots of tomato sauce was decent but lacked intense polenta flavor.

Spasso San Carlos Prawn Risotto

Stuffed Prawn Risotto ($23) Lemon Risotto served with Dungeness crab stuffed prawns had a very strong a lemon flavor in it. The Prawns with crab meat on top were plentiful, fresh, and tasty.

Pans:
None

Spasso had very good service with the server or bus boy coming by fairly often. Server was not the friendliest we’ve encountered but competent. This is one of the better places in the San Carlos Laurel street corridor, but clearly not in the same league as say A16, Delfina, or Acquellero in San Francisco. Donato Enoteca in Redwood City is also better.

Spasso has a medium sized wine list with wine by glass from $5.50, by the bottle from $22, flights from $14.

San Carlos restaurants reviewed on this block: Piacere, Spasso, Speederia Pizza, Town. Nearby: Mack’s Smoked Barbecue

Spasso on Urbanspoon

Spasso Overall Rating: (Good 2)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Good)
Service Rating: (Very Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Good)
Value Rating: (Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Beer, Wine
Attire:Casual
Hours:Daily 11am - 2:30pm, Mon - Sat 5-10pm, Sun 5-9pm
Parking:Street
Reservations:Yes
Prices:$13 - $27 (Dinner)
Posted on August 31st, 2009
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2 Responses to “Spasso Restaurant Review, San Carlos”

  1. Piacere Restaurant, San Carlos | Foodnut.com Says:

    […] San Carlos in the Laurel Street shopping area right across the street from restaurant Town and near Spasso. Piacere focuses on modern California-Italian cuisine using local and organic […]

  2. Locanda Positano, San Carlos | Foodnut.com Says:

    […] Verdict – Locanda Positano is a solid bet for Italian food in San Carlos. The pizza and pasta exceeded our expectations. We believe this restaurant is even better than their existing restaurant, Acqua Pazza in San Mateo. The food here is also better than nearby restaurants such as Spasso. […]

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