$15 for $30 Worth of Italian Food and Drinks
The menu of Sicilian specialties includes antipasti such as gorgonzola polenta ($9.50), pasta dishes such as capellini al pomodoro with roma tomatoes and basil ($14.50), and desserts such as tiramisu ($9.50).
Since 1997, Caffe Riace's chefs have infused their Italian menu with a Sicilian flair, dishing up pastas, veal dishes, and seafood within the restaurant's vibrant spaces. They use some organic ingredients, cure their beef in-house, and import real buffalo mozzarella for their mozzarella di bufala salad. The staff serves pasta dishes—including the prawn- and lobster-loaded capellini aragosta with tarragon and mushroom—atop glass tables set in front of scenic murals and rustic artwork.
Towering statues survey the outdoor patio, which spreads beneath umbrellas across a tiled plaza. Lion statues and flower beds give the outdoor space the aura of a florist who tames lions or a lion tamer whose boyfriend really screwed up. The patio also benefits from a sense of whimsy—rather than spilling water from an urn, the centerpiece fountain's patina-covered figure hoists a washing machine atop her head. Inside, the roster of elegant private dining rooms includes the chandelier-crowned Riace room, where bright artwork and flowers pop against red and cream walls, as well as a wine room with wine racks and wooden wine barrels reclining in the room's nooks.
The first thing you notice is how amazingly cute it is. The decor is great and the people are friendlySaya Y., Yelp, 5/20/12
A perfect location for a couple, for friends or a celebration dinner. The wait staff are friendly and the food excellent.Marilyn Y., Yelp, 8/28/12
200 Sheridan Ave.
Palo Alto, California 94306