Tonight I had dinner with ah Fai to celebrate his birthday. We went to Bella Vita in Los Altos. It was pretty early, 6:30, so not many people there. (Though I was a couple of minutes late because I wasn't sure which exit from 280 to use--next time, I'll remember El Monte. Apparently there was a rather major car accident on 280 right after De Anza Blvd., but I don't know how many cars were involved. The fire trucks and ambulances were still there, but in the process of leaving the area.) Service at Bella Vita was fine; we had the antipasto for 2, the sampler dish, which was ok ($14). (I don't know about the mozzarella, because I've tried mozzarella of varying consistencies, so I don't know which is supposed to be the norm.) Ah Fai ordered the spaghetti bolognese ($14) and I ordered the chicken saltimboca ($15). I was surprised that the chicken was a bit hard, since it was sliced rather thin. Ah Fai had warned me that the portion size was rather small, and that was true. If you got $ to burn, it's a decent Italian restaurant, but I don't know if it matches the prices. (The bread was good, but we could have had some more olive oil.)
Ah Fai said the Buca di Beppo in Palo Alto has never disappointed him--he doesn't bother with the other ones in the area, since they don't compare. KK, maybe we should all meet up there one Sunday for dinner and check it out.