2012

Donato Enoteca Restaurant Review, Redwood City

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Donato Enoteca

1041 Middlefield Rd (Near Jefferson)

Redwood City, CA 94063

650-701-1000

Donato Enoteca Website

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Donato Enoteca Redwood City Exterior

Donato Enoteca is an Italian Restaurant in downtown Redwood City, located right next to City Hall. They serve modern Italian focusing on fresh, simple ingredients, and focusing on the chef’s Donata Scotti (formerly of La Strada) Northern Italian roots. Our last visit was in November 2012.

Donato Enoteca Redwood City Interior

Decor, Vibe – Modern, clean dining room with back room and bar area. Donato Enoteca has patio seating outside for warmer months. Couple, families, and large groups of all ages were here for dinner. This restaurant has gotten very popular over the last year especially on Friday nights. Reservations are a must.

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Donato Enoteca Redwood City menu

Donato Enoteca has a Weekly changing modern Italian menu with an emphasis on seasonal ingredients and fine imported Italian artisanal products. Tasting menu available as is a daily special entree and special wine.

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Nice fresh warm bread with an olive tapenade.

Donato Enoteca Redwood City calamari

CALAMARETTI E FAGIOLI ($9) Fresh Monterey Bay calamari, “Bianchi di Spagna” beans & mache lettuce had excellent tender calamari drenched in lemon juice. Big beans that could have been smaller and more delicate.

MAIALETTO E SPIGARELLI ($9) Slow braised Niman ranch pork belly, sautéed “spigarelli” was very good with a nice cripsy crusty to the 3 cubes of decadent fatness.

BRUSCHETTA DI CINGHIALE ($9) Hand pulled braised wild boar, onion, Chianti vinegar on grilled ciabatta was a solid and very meaty appetizer.  Balanced this out with other dishes.

INSALATA DI SPINACI BIETE E NOCI ($9) Savoy spinach, roasted golden beets & walnuts, shallots & goat cheese was refreshing and very fresh.  A nice lite dressing glazed it.

Stuzzichini ($15) Sampling of olives, speck, porchetta, pickled eggplant, mozzarella, garbanzo beans arancini, olive oils & “bomba” bread was a fun appetizer with a wide variety of items including an air filled flat bread.

SPAGHETTI NERI ($15) Squid ink, fresh Monterey Bay calamari, fresh tomatoes, Calabria peppers & basil wasnt fishy but had tons of ink all over the dish.  A little more restraint would have been nice, though the home made pasta was stellar.

RISOTTO ANATRA ($17) Roasted duck leg, Treviso, shallots & Sangiovese sauce was excellent. The rice was bathed in flavor while the duck meat just fell off the bone.  One of the better ones around.

 

Donato Enoteca Redwood City pasta

BIGOLI   E  CODA  Braised Nebbiolo oxtail, Sangiovese, asparagus tips & “bigoli” pasta ($17) was an excellent pasta dish with very tender and flavorful shredded oxtail and a freshly made al dente thin tube style pasta.

Donato Enoteca Redwood City Spaghetti Gamberoni

Spaghetti Con Cipollotti Gamberoni ($14) Spring onion, prawns, Trebbiano wine; roasted garlic “mollica” had tasty home made, hand made noodles in a garlicy sauce that was on the zesty side. Five good sized prawns pre cut.

Donato Enoteca Redwood City Margherita Pizza

Pizza Margherita ($10) Tomato, basil, oregano & fresh mozzarella cheese was excellent. Nice very thin crust, not soggy, crispy edges, flavorful cheese. Some of the best thin crust pizza on the Peninsula.

Donato Enoteca Redwood City Tagliata Agnello Lamb Steak

Tagliata DI Agnello ($19) Marinated grilled & sliced Colorado lamb top round, “aceto balsamico” was a nice meaty dish full of high quality lamb cooked to a rare, making it a little chewy. Not gamey. Included a pretty healthy polenta made with buckwheat and some veggies underneath. If you do not like rare, let them know.

Tagliata ($22) was a beef version of the above entree. Lots of medium-rare pre-cut slices of tender meat, along with a couple pieces of potato and a mushroom ragout housed in a thin pastry shell. Recommended although the pasta and pizza are much more Italian.

RISOTTO GAMBERO E CECI Fresh organic garbanzo beans, roasted jumbo prawn & fresh tomatoes ($17) was super hot out of the kitchen and full of vivid flavors and three large shrimp on top.  A very good seafood risotto with bits of chopped prawn.

Merluzzo in Guazzetto ($21) Roasted local cod; San Marzano tomato, Gaeta olives, Pantelleria capers Fregola sarda was a brothy fish done very well. Lots of tomato flavor.

Kid’s Penne Pasta ($5) was a decent quality and should satisfy any kid. The cheese was powdered though.

Donato Enoteca Redwood City chocolate hazelnut cake

O C C O L A T O   F O N D E N T E   E   N O C C I O L E  Warm chocolate hazelnut cake served with vanilla bean gelato  ($9) was an excellent dessert with the warm chocolate cake containing a molten center that oozed out and went à la mode with their milky homemade gelato. If you are chocoholic, come here and just try this dessert!

Lemon Sorbet ($5) was stellar, clearly homemade with lots of sugar and fresh lemon flavor.

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Donato Enoteca Redwood City Biete Fave Beet Salad

Biete E Fave ($7) Half Moon Bay fava beans, roasted Chioggia & golden beets salad looked nice but was fairly light and had a little too much olive oil. Nice fresh beets and beans.

S A L S I C C I A  E  R A P I N I Pizza with Homemade spicy sausage, broccoli rabe, tomato & fresh mozzarella cheese ($13) possessed some excellent flavors but had a soggy middle and a soft crust edge. Compared to a margarita pizza we had on another occasion, there are some inconsistencies here.

Pans:
CAVOLETTi ($4) Brussel sprouts with garlic, rosemary, guanciale were dry and over cooked.

Porchetta con Farinata ($10) was a weird appetizer that did not match its description. The pork belly was like cold bacon along with a thin crispy strip. We thought it would come with foccacia bread, but it did not.

Donato Enoteca had good but not great service. Bus boys kept our water full, the server was friendly but not knowledgeable on the food’s special details. On a later occasion the server was overloaded and service faded throughout the meal. On our last visit, the place was crazy and food took a long time to arrive. Service prevents this place from rising to the top like say Perbacco in San Francisco.

Prices are reasonable and quality is high at Donato Enoteca, making this an easy bet for superior Italian food on the San Francisco Peninsula. Acqua Pazza and Osteria Coppa of San Mateo is the other authentic Italian place that comes to mind, but is of lower quality. Nice selection of glasses of Wine from $7, $11 8oz , $21 16 oz carafe. Bottles from $27, with many smaller producers. Kid’s menu available.

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Donato Enoteca Overall Rating: (Very Good 2.5)

Come Back?

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

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

Alcohol:Full Bar
Attire:Casual
Hours:Sun - Th 11:30am - 10pm, Fri - Sat 11:30am - 11pm.
Parking:Street
Reservations:Yes
Prices:$10 - $25 (Dinner)
Posted on January 1st, 2012
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7 Responses to “Donato Enoteca Restaurant Review, Redwood City”

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