In an effort to dine at all 3000 San Francisco restaurants ( 1000 and counting), my wife Linda and I recently traveled to Vino in Lafayette.
This charming restaurant has been bringing foodie fun and joy to loyal customers for 40 years. It is a very small venue and open for dinner Wednesday thru Saturday 5-8. Reservations are a must.
Gregarious owner Castro Ascarrunz is the chef, waiter and entertainer playing the piano and accordion for happy patrons. 83 years young, he sang, played the piano and served us great food.
We began with a house salad and glass of house merlot with fresh bread, olives and homemade meat balls. The meat balls were very tender and mildly spicy and the best we have ever eaten. For the main course, we split the chicken Parmesan with fresh noodles and vegetables that was served steaming hot and a picture-perfect presentation.
Our meal concluded sharing a ricotta cheese cake that was silky, soothing, and sensational.
In conclusion, we would highly recommend this restaurant. The food is fresh and very reasonably priced. Castro is also an accomplished musician and enjoys entertaining happy Bay area Patrons as you savor his great Italian cuisine. His energy and zest for life at 83 years old is a unique and very special experience.
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