Sunday, February 24, 2008

Real Eats -- Nicolino's Italian Restaurant, Sunnyvale, CA

While waiting for the rain to end, my wife and I decided to have another of our "date" nights this month by going to another fine restaurant. We do this at least once each month where we choose a nice place to enjoy the food and ambiance that goes with it. This time, we chose Nicolino's Italian Restaurant on Reamwood in Sunnyvale.

While I've been Nicolino's for both business lunches and dinners, my wife has never been to the restaurant. She wasn't disappointed. Neither was I!

I told her about their excellent tortellini alfredo that I've had several times but to my amazement, it wasn't on the menu as either a dinner entree or appetizer. So, after getting her all excited with that, I had to move to "plan B". Order "off-menu"! And, I did order an appetizer-sized portion as a starter. It was simply delicious!

We also shared their Caprese salad which was made with alternating fresh mozzerella cheese and red-ripe tomato slices with fresh basil leaves drizzled over with olive oil and served alongside pesto sauce and roasted garlic. The surprise was that this was served with a small salad of spring mix that had an excellent balsamic vinegarette dressing on it that was marvelous.

Our dinner entrees were outstandingly presented. My wife chose off their regular menu their linguini cacciuco with plenty of different seafood selections (crab, clams, prawns) along with delicious small pieces of white fish served in a bowl of linguini with a very nice light tomato sauce. She loved it!

For my choice, I had their salmon filet entree covered with a lemon, white wine sauce with capers. The generous portion of fresh salmon was accompanied by great-tasting rice and vegetables. For a wine pairing, I chose a glass of Rodney Strong Sauvignon Blanc that went well with the entree. All of it was wonderful!

For dessert, we split a delectable gelato sampler that had hazelnut-chocolate and vanilla gelato(we asked to forego the spumoni) served with Italian cookies.

Apart from excellent food, comfortable surroundings with live music (singer with a pianist), we were treated royally by a superb server named Alfredo. When we return we will go for the food, the surroundings and definitely to see Alfredo again!

Nicolino's Italian Restaurant

1228 Reamwood Avenue

Sunnyvale, CA 94089

(408) 734-5323

I didn't want to end this without telling you, like me, Nicolino's is a proud member of the Sunnyvale Chamber of Commerce.

Thanks for reading!

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