When you go to some select restaurants, itâ€™s immediately apparent that youâ€™re in experienced, professional hands almost the minute you enter. You can instantly sense from the way they do things that theyâ€™ve been serving food and drink for a long time. Too many places are inconsistent and offer a hit-or-miss dining experience. Thatâ€™s why I love Il Postale in Sunnyvale.
The minute you walk through the doors at Il Postale, itâ€™s a great experience. With its brick walls and oak floors, the place just feels warm and comfortable. Located in a building that once housed Sunnyvaleâ€™s original post office, Il Postale features Italian-American food that is expertly prepared, beautifully presented and professionally served.
You will never have a bad or even so-so meal at Il Postale. I know, because Iâ€™ve eaten there at least 30 times, and every visit has been a memorable one. Sunnyvale has seen a significant resurgence in its restaurant scene. And Il Postale has led the way, with a scene that local high-tech workers gravitate to for both lunch and dinner.
This is authentic Italian faire. Youâ€™ll never eat anything out of a can or from a package and theyâ€™ll never serve you anything that isnâ€™t top-of-the-line. Freshness reigns supreme at Il Postale. From the wonderful bread that hits the table as soon as you sit down -- to the appetizers, salads, pizzas and pasta dishes -- Il Postale does it all well.
Last time I was there, we started out our meal with Il Postaleâ€™s legendary Grilled Marinated Artichoke ($10.95) featured on a bed of spring mixed greens and accompanied by a Dijon mustard aioli. We also had the Carpaccio ($11.95), made with filet mignon and capers, marinated red onion, lemon Dijon mustard and drizzled with extra virgin olive oil. For dinner, we had the Beef Braciola ($19.25), a thin beef steak rolled and stuffed with prosciutto, provolone cheese, spinach and Italian herbs with a red sauce and served with soft herb polenta and vegetables; and Blackened Fresh Halibut ($19.95), topped with a fresh avocado, shrimp salsa on a pool of lemon white wine sauce and served with risotto and vegetables.
My absolute favorite at Il Postale is the Seafood Risotto ($17.25), a cornucopia of clams, mussels, prawns, baby shrimp scallops and peas, topped with grilled salmon and a light saffron cream sauce. Fresh, rich, creamy and perfectly balanced and seasoned -- I am drooling all over my computer keyboard just thinking about it. Itâ€™s a lot of work making a good risotto and this one is to die for.
Il Postale also has a great selection of pizzas (large for $17.95) and calzones ($13.95-$15.95). I would definitely recommend the Pizza Margherita and/or the Sicilian Calzone, with sausage, pepperoni, kalamata olives, mozzarella and ricotta cheese. Unbelievable! Calzones seem like they would be easy to make, but itâ€™s actually very difficult to make a good one. And Il Postale has a great one!
Il Postale is at 127 West Washington Ave., Sunnyvale, CA 94086. Their phone number is: (408) 733-9600. Reservations are recommended.
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Copyright © 2010 Ed Attanasio
il Postale in Sunnyvale is Bellissimo
Copyright © 2010 Ed Attanasio
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