Executive chef, co-owner, and San Mateo native Alicia Petrakis helms Astaria's seasonally focused kitchen, which specializes in turning out high-concept comfort food. Focusing on local ingredients from sustainable sources, the eclectic dinner menu begins with appetite-swelling starters such as crispy polenta fries ($10) and Humberto's inferno ($9), which features a slab of fried gruyere set ablaze tableside as a chilling warning to would-be dairy rebels. Carnivores can feast on meaty marvels such as the buttermilk-marinated fried chicken ($18) or the bone-in pork chop with honey balsamic glaze paired with red-pepper-infused mashers, broccoli spears, and pepperonata ($23). Vegivores might opt for the Napoleon, which conquers appetites using grilled and roasted veggies crowned with provolone cheese ($15). A convention-flouting roster of pizzas includes chicken carbonara pizza rosa ($14), while the dessert menu takes taste buds on a flavor field trip with sugary chaperones such as the strawberry pavlova, which deposits vanilla pastry cream, fresh strawberries, and whipped cream atop crunchy meringue ($7).
Pasta Primavera's kitchen has forged traditional Italian dishes for 15 years, using fresh ingredients and culinary know-how to craft hearty meals. Lit by twinkling bulbs overhead, plates piled with steaming pasta and glasses of wine drawn from a well-curated list travel through the dining room, ushered in by Primavera's attentive staff. Open for lunch and dinner, the restaurant also serves up a kid-friendly menu for insatiable whippersnappers and adults still wearing 90s-era L.A. Lights.
Sharona's Chocolate Shop counts both international and domestic sweet treats among its enticing inventory. Celebrate the season with chocolates in fall-themed designs, such as milk chocolate ganache in the shape of a pumpkin ($3) or an eyeball-shaped sweet ($3) boasting a 20/20 vision of peanut butter, strawberry preserves, caramelized rice puffs, and white chocolate. Chocoholics can binge on bulk orders of Sharona's treats, with toffee ($24), dark-chocolate sea-salt caramels ($30), and a pound of mixed offerings ($50) for marathon-masticating under the menacing moonlight.
Dinner can be a hectic affair, and some families find that getting a filling, nutritious meal onto the table every night is sometimes exhausting. Knowing that dining out every night can quickly break the budget, entrepreneur Jay Cornwall decided to bridge the gap between takeout and at-home meals with a menu of freshly prepared pasta, ravioli, sauce, and entrees that can be fashioned into a full meal in less than 10 minutes. Every day, his chefs create a selection of 24 pastas, 15 sauces, and a signature entree, as well as mac 'n' cheese and lasagna. Chefs also curate a range of sides, bread, and wine, and even offer pairing advice on complementary flavors.
Tuttimelon—a name derived from an Italian portmanteau referring to combining fruits—cloaks a variety of nonfat frozen yogurts with fistfuls of fresh berries, kiwi, and mango. Swirl architects dispense cool towers of eight gluten-free frozen yogurts in flavors such as peach and sugar-free chocolate. To protect themselves from spoons and vengeful arctic explorers, yogurts don cloaks of toppings including graham-cracker crumbs and rainbow sprinkles. Tuttimelon's icy concoctions contain eight times the National Yogurt Association's requirements for live and active cultures, which aid in boosting immune systems and joint health.
Sergio's Pasta Shop is an Italian specialty retail store that specializes in freshly made pasta, ravioli, and sauces that you bring home and cook. To compliment your meal, we also sell wine, cannolis, gelato and other Italian pantry items.