A Date-Night Restaurant: Donato Enoteca

On a trip up to Redwood City for work meetings, a co-worker scheduled a team dinner at Donato Enoteca.  Located in the heart of Redwood City, on Middlefield Road and across from the library, I was delighted to step into a classy version of a “whole in the wall.”

The restaurant is long and narrow, with simple place settings and large glasses just waiting to be filled with Italian wine.  Our Italian waiter helped the team pick some small bites and salads to start our meal.  I had such a hard time deciding on what to order for a main course.  Not because the menu wasn’t diverse, but rather because everything sounded so delicious.  Fresh pastas, risotto, wood-fired pizza, roasted chicken, and veal chops all begged to be eaten.

I settled on a vegetarian risotto with eggplant and smoke cheese.  I’m usually not a fan of smoked cheese, so I asked for it to be served on the side.  Once I added a little to the dish, I realized the cheese was a perfect addition.  I ended up adding the whole side dish back into the entree.  It was comfort food, perfect for the chilly night.

While I was full from the antipasti and my entree, some of my co-workers did save room for dessert.  Judging by their cleaned plates of the warmed chocolate molten cake, I know that I’ll save to room for my next visit.

The menu at Donato Enoteca changes weekly, determined by what’s fresh and locally available. I was impressed at how easily the chef was willing to augment his menu to ensure a great dining experience for our vegan and vegetarian co-workers. I didn’t see any kids in the restaurant on a Monday night. It’s fancy enough that I’d save this experience for a date-night rather than family night with the kids.

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