Sunday, February 10, 2008

Real Eats -- Aldo, Los Altos, CA

Real Eats – Aldo, Los Altos, CA
Here are notes of a visit to Aldo by my wife and her two friends last week. I was so impressed with her writing and comments about this restaurant that we've added it to our list!

My two friends and I don’t often have a chance to get together for lunch so when we do, we like to make it special.

We drove to downtown Los Altos on Main Street to look around in some of their shops before lunch. After shopping, we had to make a decision – where to have lunch.

We decided on Aldo, an Italian restaurant on Main Street. Their tag line is "cicchetti e piatti piccolo" or "eat small…live large!" Their menu has something for everyone, even my friend with the limited palate. Choices range from salads, both large and small, paninis, pastas, main courses and, of course, their cicchetti (pronounced chi-ket-ti) or small bites. Our beverages were promptly served along with a wire-coned shaped basket of a variety of unusual but tasty breads. Two of our party chose the Toscana con Pollo which is a bread salad with diced bread, tomatoes, cucumbers, capers, red bell pepper and grilled chicken breasts. The salad was huge! I tasted a bite of the chicken and it was delicious – the seasoning permeated throughout. I chose the Pappa al Pomodoro, a rustic, Tuscan-style tomato-bread soup, although I chose to have the bread cubes served on the side. It was an extremely tasty bowl of soup. Along with the delicious soup, I ordered the Caprese side salad because I love Caprese and this one was served with a twist – grilled eggplant. Along with the eggplant were sliced tomato and mozzarella cheese layered with basil, EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) and topped with a balsamic vinegar reduction which gave it a slightly sweet flavor.

The service and food was worth the upscale pricing and I would gladly return to try some of their fabulous menu offerings. Arrive early for better seating as we arrived at 11:30 am and when we left about an hour later, tables both inside and out were nearly full. Parking is also better for early arrivals.

Aldo Los Altos
388 Main Street
Los Altos, CA 94022


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