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“Outstanding for a chain restaurant” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Pasta Pomodoro

Pasta Pomodoro
5500 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618-1539
510-923-0900
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Ranked #230 of 1,045 restaurants in Oakland
Price range: $15 - $20
Cuisines: Italian, Contemporary
Good for: Families with children, Outdoor seating
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Good for: Families with children, Outdoor seating
Palo Alto, California
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“Outstanding for a chain restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2012

I was a little skeptical about eating here, but we did not have the time for a full fine dining experience. Was with my husband and two friends. When we walked in we could see the entire operation, including the two cooks. We were amazed to see one guy with about six skillets over open flames. He had that many entrees going at once and was working swiftly and deftly to keep them all going. I was thinking, this can't possibly be any good. Well, thankfully, I was proved wrong. We ordered three different entrees and all were delicious. I actually had two appetizers: the Polenta Farcita which was stuffed with spinach and gruyere cheese and sauteed in olive oil and garlic was delicious and tender. The sauteed shrimp in a spicy tomato sauce with large croutons was also quite good. My husband had a Farro Salad that he loved and grilled salmon with spinach sauce on a bed of cannelini beans. One friend had the asparagus risotto that she said was great. I really did not expect such creative food from an Italian chain. There were many families there with children, so it is a good place for working moms and dads to have a quality family meal.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“I know it's a chain, but...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2008

I know it's a chain, but it's so good.

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“I'm not a chain restaurant person, but the food isn't too bad there. They have some healthy selections like soups and...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2008

I'm not a chain restaurant person, but the food isn't too bad there. They have some healthy selections like soups and salads, as well as some veggie sides. That's a huge plus

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“The one and only vegan option was very good. But I have to really want it, specifically.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2008

The one and only vegan option was very good. But I have to really want it, specifically.

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“kids eat free on mondays”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2008

kids eat free on mondays

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