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“Refined taste, real Italian food.”
Review of Donato Enoteca

Donato Enoteca
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Ranked #4 of 288 Restaurants in Redwood City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $28
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Middlefield and Main
Description: Set in the heart of downtown Redwood City, Donato Enoteca offers true and honest contemporary Italian cuisine from Executive Chef Donato Scotti that changes weekly determined by the freshest available seasonal produce. Homemade pastas, wood-burning oven pizzas, meat and fish courses are available, executed in an authentic yet modern way. The menu spans every region of Italy and incorporates artisanal products, such as fresh imported burrata, prosciutto, grappa and olive oil. Other in-house specialties include sausages, mostarda and lamb prosciutto. The wine list focuses on smaller-production boutique wineries from Italy, California and France.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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73 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Refined taste, real Italian food.”
Reviewed December 10, 2012

Very enjoyable lunch here, reasonable price, good wines, fresh food. You can tell there are true Italian roots to this place, the food is close to what you'd get in the country itself (although I've never tasted pork belly risotto there). The food is refined, light, tasty, the service is good, fast, we were offered a few wines to taste before we made our choice. There was a white truffle menu that we didn't try (prices being 3- to 4-fold of those on the "regular" lunch menu...). I'd go here again if I'm in the neighborhood.

  • Visited November 2012
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Redwood City, California
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63 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great way to celebrate our move to Redwood City”
Reviewed December 8, 2012 via mobile

We did the chef's tasting. What a wonderful meal. Our service was great and we saw the same wait staff serve an elderly couple and two tables with kids. He was great with everyone. Excellent Italian wine selection to complement the food. We will be back again.

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Boston
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Excellent”
Reviewed December 4, 2012

I had the codfish. Very nice.
The fish was cooked perfectly, served on a bed of pebble shaped pasta, in a tomato based sauce with capers and olives.

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Menlo Park, California
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168 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“almost certainly the best in town”
Reviewed December 2, 2012

Donato is almost certainly the best in downtown. Second is probably Martin's West, Crouching Tiger, Kapadocia, then all the rest. It's upscale enough to bring clients and customers, it has a decent wine list. It's not quite special occasion, though - not like Village Pub or Bentley's or the place at the Rosewood Hotel or Four Seasons. However, it is very nice, and if you get a good table (there's a nice big 6 person in the back) you can have a great meal. It's actual italian as northern italian, and one of the best on the peninsula.

  • Visited March 2012
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Pisa, Italy
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“wonderful Italian restaurant in California”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

I'm Italian, the best Italian Restaurant I tasted in a foreign country. Wonderful place. Very good Pasta, hand made.

  • Visited August 2012
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