Divino Ristorante Review, Belmont
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Divino Ristorante, opened in 2006, is run by Chef Vincenzo Cucco who previously ran Bacco in San Francisco. They focus on Italian cuisine and make home made pastas. In 2012 they added a full bar by the main entrance as well as a wine room.
Decor, Vibe – Divino features decorative lighting sconces and lots of art throughout the two rooms. Most folks were in the 40’s and 50’s range. Place was about 60% full when we went. This restaurant is more of a local’s place than a destination restaurant.
Divino Menu (Click to zoom into any picture)
Papardelle AL Cinghiale ($17) was a special. Homemade large noodles with wild boar sauce was the best pasta of the night. Lots of chopped up boar with their home made papardelle egg based pasta.
Salumi Parma Prosciutto, Salame Gentile, spek, Castelvetrano Olives ($12.50) is a nice appetizer with some nicely done deli meats in reasonable quantities.
Gnocchi Homemade Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce and Fresh Mozzarella ($16.50) is clearly homemade and a must order for fans of this dish. Tender, fluffy balls of wonder in a nice tomato sauce.
Spaghetti con polpetta toscane – Spaghetti with slowly braised Tuscan style meatballs and tomato sauce ($15.50) eggless noodles with a very nice meat sauce. Not very al dente though.
Torre ($9) Heirloom Tomatoes, Grilled Eggplant and Fresh Mozzarella Tower made for a decent salad. Lots of cheese, lots of eggplant, drizzled olive oil, and 2 kinds of tomatoes.
Gelati e Sorbetti……Assorted Artisinal Gelatos and Sorbets was a berry and fruit version on our visit. Liberal quantity and it tasted homemade.
Brasto DI Bue Con Gnocchi ($24) Braised Boneless Short Ribs Served with Potato Gnocchi had a big short rib that still had its bone! The meat was on the dry side, requiring the sauce to be passable. The gnocchi was plentiful and very good. Stick to the pasta.
Sfogliatina Di Mele Con Gelato DI Vaniglia E Salsa DI Caramello ($7.50) Puff Pastry Apple Tart with Vanilla Gelato and Caramel Sauce took about 10 minutes to cook. The tart was very large and the caramel sauce made it really sweet. Vanilla gelato was fine.
Agnello ($27.50) Grilled Lamb Chops with Mint and Almond Pesto had 4 small chops cooked to a slightly overdone medium rare. Heavy charcoal grill flavor, making it hard to taste the meat, so don’t get this if you aren’t a carbon fan. The potatoes and beans were good.
Divino Ristorante had decent service with no worries about refills or help. The waiter was typical, but not extremely knowledgeable. This restaurant serves up decent Italian food, especially pastas. Meat does not seem to be their strong suit. There are plenty of nearby Italian restaurants, but this place is right up there with them.
You’ll have to travel to San Francisco for better Italian Restaurants. They may have a problem with Opentable as it looked full for a particular time slot online, but a phone call indicated otherwise. Other San Francisco peninsula Italian restaurant recommendations include Osteria Coppa in San Mateo, and Donato Enoteca in Redwood City.
Wine by the glass from $8, bottles from $31, $18 corkage, moderate markup.
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