April 25, 2010

San Mateo: AcquaPazza (CLOSED); restaurant review

colorful presentation at AcquaPazza in San Mateo, California
101 South


CLOSED  201 E. 3rd Ave./Ellsworth St., downtown, (650) 375-0903. L-D daily; $$. Reservations advised.

Seating in AcquaPazza is in an open, high-ceilinged room that is alive with promise. It’s the perfect spot for a rainy evening or a sunny day. Operated by three brothers who share a charming family smile, this comfortable venue offers a Neapolitan menu. It just might be impossible to find a better bolognese sauce, so don’t miss it, but then there is also the fresh fish of the day cooked in olive oil and garlic, and the classic risottos, and the crispy crostini that is sometimes topped with grilled fresh sardines. Also, Mamma Carmela’s famous arancini e crocchè (rice ball and potato cake) is reputedly amazing and there are wood-oven pizzas, too! Live music is sometimes scheduled on weekends. 

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