La Stanza http://www.lastanzacucina.com/ in Menlo Park is one of our “neighborhood” Italian restaurants which we use from time to time for takeout but also enjoy for a nice, relaxing dinner at the restaurant. It’s nothing super fancy but at the same time it’s very well made dishes (a lot of the pasta is made in-house) at a reasonable price. Dishes like the ravioli carbonara aren’t authentic but quite addictive in their preparation.
Insalata Estiva - watermelon, cucumber and goat cheese salad in a lemon olive oil dressing with micro greens
Polpette della Mamma - Veal, pork and beef house made meatballs
Arancini di Riso - Crispy saffron risotto balls filled with mozzarella cheese, peas and bolognese served over tomato sauce
Maiale al Brandy - prime pork loin sautéed with porcini mushrooms, prosciutto di parma, mustard-brandy sauce, seasonal vegetables and roasted potatoes
Petto di Anatra al Melograno - Seared duck breast in a pomegranate sauce, seasonal vegetables and roasted potatoes
Ravioli alla Carbonara - Homemade ravioli with Italian pancetta, eggs, grana padano in a pecorino cheese, cream and black pepper sauce
Rosa di Mela - Hot apple tart, vanilla gelato