1060 Park Place
San Mateo, CA 94403
Pasta Pomodoro is a casual Italian regional restaurant chain with 42 locations in California and Arizona. It was started in 1994 in San Francisco. We decided to give it a comparison to other Italian places.
Decor, Vibe – It has offers a “Contemporary setting” with lots of wood and pendant lights. We visited the San Mateo location in the Whole Foods Market complex. Lots of families and couples here.
Penne Portobello ($9.95) with roasted mushrooms, chicken and italian sausage in a roasted garlic cream sauce was a good dish with lots of pasta, not overly creamy sauce. Not much chicken, just a little.
Pane all’Aglio ($2.50) broiled garlic bread with arrabbiata sauce had 2 small pieces. Not a lot of garlic flavor. The tomato sauce was zesty.
Broccoli ($4.50, $1 for kids) sautéed broccoli with garlic and chili flakes was a little on the greasy side, otherwise it was ok.
Kid’s Ice Cream
Kid’s Cheesy Pasta ($5.50) was in good quantity and very cheesy. Good for the kids.
Minestrone Soup ($2.75) genovese vegetable soup with pesto cup was pretty tasteless. Pretty small too.
Pollo Griglia ($11.75) grilled skinless chicken breast marinated in garlic and rosemary, with organic farro, olives and arugula had pretty tasteless chicken. Good for those wanting to eat healthy as it did not have much to it. The farro was very thick rice with strong flavor.
Kid’s Pizza ($5.50) was a cheese pizza with an ok edge to it. The rest of the pizza was pretty standard fare. Nothing special to it.
Wine is a good value at Pasta Pomodoro, with glasses starting at $6.75. The food was pretty average with pasta being the main items that were decent. Service was fair at best. We were ignored for long sections. This is a place for a quick convenient meal when quality is not a big concern. Prices are reasonable, although you could pay a little more elsewhere and get far better quality and service. They have a quick takeout service.
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