Part of the burgeoning new restaurant scene in downtown San Carlos, Locanda Positano focuses on modern interpretations of traditional Italian dishes.
The sleek, modern dining room is anchored by a trendy bar, which get packed at happy hour. On Friday and Saturday evenings, traffic is heavy, so reservations are recommended.
The buffalo mozzarella with prosciutto and house made crostini ($11) was a little bland. Rich and hearty, the pappardelle with wild boar ragu ($17) was delicious: the housemade pasta was great and the boar fall-off-the-bone tender. Hand made scialatielli pasta fresh clams, prawns, cherry tomatoes ($17) was good, but a little salty. The pizza with Italian sausage, wild mushrooms, and broccoli rabe ($16) was good, but a little soggy in the center.
Service is well-intentioned, if not spot-on all the time. The server seemed a little overwhelmed at times and brought us another table's bill, but he was trying his best.
Locanda Positano is not the place to discuss the sensitive financing of the next big Internet start-up or have a heart-to-heart with your significant other: tables are very close--not more than 6 inches apart--so you'll feel like you are dining with your neighbors. And because of their close proximity, in fact, you are.
Although focused on Italian producers, the well-priced wine list also includes a fair number of California selections. For those wishing to pair a different wine with each course, there is a good number of selections by the glass.
Still new, Locanda Positano is not hitting on all cylinders just yet. With a little polish on the service, a boost on the execution in the kitchen, and a little better temperature control of their pizza oven, Locanda Positano could be a mid-Peninsula star.
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