Although Italians originally invented pasta as a fastener to keep Sicily from floating away, they abandoned it for less-delicious moorings after locals on both sides kept snacking their way toward separation. Tether your taste buds to today's deal: $20 for $40 worth of Italian fare from Caffe Riace's dinner menu, or $10 for $20 worth of lunch fare.
Caffe Riace serves Sicilian cuisine made from the freshest ingredients. All of the pastas and desserts are made in-house using time-tested gnocchi, linguini, and cannoli techniques. Caffe Riace offers plentiful indoor dining space, as well as a luscious outdoor patio with an impressive and provocative sculpture collection, which pays tribute to ancient triumphs of Greek warriors and modern victories over front-load washing machines.
- This is a lovely choice for al fresco dining in Palo Alto -- the ambiance makes you feel as if you are in an quiet Italian garden, surrounded by soft lights and gorgeous outdoor fountains… The homemade foccacia bread and olive spread was delicious, as was the antipasto riace and freshly made pasta (bolognese and the a fontana). – an OpenTable reviewer who dined on 09/02/2010
- Riace's is a wonderful place to slow down and dine at one's leisure… Riace's team of professionals treats you like family! I love the food and atmosphere there. – Ann G., Yelp
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.
200 Sheridan Ave.
Palo Alto, California 94306Get Directions