My wife and I got out on a lunch date after a long time. My wife was in the mood for some good Italian food in the Sunnyvale-Mountain View area within a short distance from our workplaces. Vaso Azzurro fit the bill and carried good reviews in Yelp!. So here is my review of the place.
Location: The Italian restaurant is one of the first in a line of great eats in Castro St.
Seating: We had to wait a couple of minutes to get seated, not because it was full but because the maître d’ was busy talking to someone in Italian. We managed to get a seat outside. The restaurant seemed busy for a weekday lunch but they had enough seats outside (and inside if we wanted).
Appetizers: Anticipating a heavy lunch, we skipped ordering any antipasti. We were offered bread with dipping oil. The bread was very tasty and had a flavor of its own and the dipping oil had herbs in it that made it a nice starting piece.
Main Course: My wife ordered a Penne Alla Diavola and I ordered a Ravioli Con Spinaci Di Mascarpone. In non-Italian terms, the Penne dish came with bunch of veggies most notably chunks of eggplant. My spinach ravioli was filled with ricotta cheese and came in a marinara-mascarpone sauce. The penne was good but nothing special. The spinach ravioli was good but the marinara-mascarpone sauce was heavenly. It elevated the ravioli to new levels of exhuberance.
Dessert: We were already full but Yelp! reviewers had raved about the Tiramusu. The dessert came in pretty quick and was to die for. A hint of chocolate made it a tad bitter- but to good effect. Loved it.
Summary: We enjoyed the warm afternoon out eating fun Italian food.
Ambience: 5/5 (which includes points for the outdoor seating)
Price: 3/5 (my only sore point in an otherwise good experience. The bill for two with two main lunch portion dishes and a shared dessert was $36 inclusive of taxes but before tips).
Overall: 4/5. Definitely recommend a visit to Vaso Azzurro.