Spiedo Restaurant is located in downtown San Mateo, across the street from Draegar’s supermarket. The restaurant, open in 1991, specializes in fine Italian cuisine and Daily Specials from the Venitian region. Their sister restaurants are Porterhouse San Mateo and Agave Viejo.
Decor, Vibe – Modern european decor, sidewalk seating outside, long bar area up front, booth and tables inside. Families, big parties, couples of all races were dining when we visited
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Bruschetta ($5) Grilled Country Bread, Tomatoes, Basil, Garlic, Olive Oil was a nice low cost and solid appetizer. Good bread and fresh tomatoes. We got it free from a Yelp promo that week.
Spaghetti Bolognese e Polpettine ($12.95) Spaghetti with Meat Sauce and Housemade Meatballs was a big portion, drenched in cheese as we asked for. Pasta quality and sauce were good, but the meat balls were too dry.
Pollo Arrosto ($14.95) Rotisserie Half Free Range Chicken with Lemon-Garlic Sauce, Rosemary Scented Potatoes and Sautéed Vegetables was cooked fairly dry but still managed to have some good flavor and a nice sauce. The potatoes were also good. Veggies were forgettable.
Margherita ($10.95) Mozzarella, Marinara Sauce, Diced Tomato and Fresh Basil, was from an Oak Burning oven. Pretty average version with no sogginess, crispy only on edges, normal cheese, and some tomatoes dumped on top.
Spiedo had average service. The waiter came by every one in a while but was not particularly helpful or friendly. Prices are pretty standard for this level of Italian restaurant. They have lower cost specials at lunch time. This is a pretty average Italian restaurant. Acqua Pazza, a couple blocks away is slightly less formal and better. We would rank Divino in Belmont a little higher too. Best bet here would be to stick to the pastas. Wine $15 corkage, bottles from $28, glasses from $7.