Cucina Italiana & Bar2810 Cabrillo Highway
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Weekend reservations suggested
(Check out the video below with Massimo and Francesco)
Update: Starting May 6th, every Tuesday night is LOCALS’ NIGHT at VIA UNO!!
For the month of May they are offering
"Chef’s Choice": A special 4-course dinner for 19.95!
This special will be honored with a reservation only, so reserve your spot now by calling
A new, authentic Italian restaurant has opened just about a mile south of Pillar Point RV Park in Half Moon Bay. We have had the chance to go there several times, as well as
spend some time with the owners and staff. It's now our favorite new hang out and here's why....
To fully appreciate this dining experience, you should know a little about the owners, chefs and staff who are there to serve you.
Friends, Massimo Sarubbi and Francesco D'Agostino who own the restaurant, are from the Calabria region of Italy. This area forms the "toe" of the Italian Peninsula.
Calabria contains some of the most beautiful and pristine beaches found in Italy. The region is home to nearly 2 million people. In ancient times Calabria was referred to as
"land of wine".
Some vineyards have origins dating back to the ancient Greek colonists. Many producers are resurrecting local, ancient grape varieties which have been around for as long as 3000 years. Which explains the magnificence of Via Uno's imported Italian wines. If you don't know much about Italian wines, then your server will be happy to select a bottle that pairs perfectly with your meal.
Chefs Rossella and Giuseppe are also from Calabria and were brought over specially to cook at Via Uno. Rosella makes the pasta fresh daily from special flour brought over from Italy. Rossella says she cooks from her heart. Her mother and grandfather taught her how to make pasta and every day she thinks of them as she's kneading the dough. That's why, she says, her pasta is always filled with love. She also makes all the
fiordilatte cheese from scratch.
A special of the day created by Rossella. Hand made Ravioli stuffed with porcini mushrooms and filet mignon, covered lightly in a special tomato sauce that is cooked "low and slow". Rosella decides what specials will be served that day based on the fresh vegetables and fish that are available locally each day. Gluten free pasta, quinoa pasta and buckwheat pasta are available upon request.
The wood burning pizza oven also came from Italy. The wood gives the dough a wonderful smokey kind of flavor and is stoked regularly to maintain a 700 degree temperature. Byron is in charge of making the pizzas and bread. The special dough, topped with the ingredients you ordered, takes only one minute to cook to perfection at that temperature. If you order a sandwich, Byron bakes the bread right there for your order. It's amazing thing to watch and with the way the kitchen is set up, you can easily watch Byron create his masterpieces.
Here is the classic "Margherita" pizza. Tomato sauce, fiordilatte cheese, basil, extra virgin olive oil.
Other varieties offer fresh porcini mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, bufala, basil, prosciutto crudo, black olives or a vegetarian option with eggplant, tomato, fiordilatte cheese, basil, zucchini and bell pepper. There are other varieties on the menu you can choose from as well.
The crust is light and thin. The flavor is wonderful. You can eat this single portion in one sitting and not feel stuffed. Satisfied, but not heavy. Francesco says they serve over 150 pizzas a day for diners and take out. This simple, unassuming pizza will change the way you think of pizza forever!
The menu can be found on their website at: http://www.viaunorestaurant.com/
Here's the beautiful Anna, greeter and server. She's Francesco's sister also from Italy. She, along with the other staff are attentive and will make you feel like family.
Along with some of the finest wines in the area, the restaurant also features full bar service.
Via Uno also features dog friendly patio dining, along with the "Wine Room" that seats private parties up to 20. We recently had that experience and it was really fun. The service for that big group was very good.
By the way, the dessert menu should not be overlooked.
I must say the Gelato is the creamiest I have ever tasted. The chocolate is intense and if you want a real treat, try the salted caramel flavor. Our group put the salted caramel on top of the flourless chocolate tart and we all rolled our eyes in pleasure! But I believe the star of this portion of the meal is the tiramisu. Our group was yelling at each other to stop hogging it...take some and pass it along!
The Beet Salad is my favorite. It consists of mixed beets and Harley Farms goat cheese with olive oil and lemon. (In case you don't know, Harley Farms is located just down Highway One in Pescadero. You can visit, meet the goats and buy your own goat cheese there. Definitely worth the trip!)
Via Uno: Italian for Highway One!
Main dining room.
We have a wonderful video with interviews with Massimo, Francesco and Rossella. Check back here often to see it below.
To get to Via Uno:
Take a right onto Highway One when you exit Pillar Point RV Park.
The restaurant will be about 1.5 miles south on the right hand side!