If you are looking for exceptional Italian food in Half Moon Bay then look no further then Via Uno Cucina Italiana & Bar. This small restaurant has a warm charm and a menu which is very unique and includes things such as marinated octopus with corn and lemon olive oil to a half calzone, half pizza. I got a chance to try it last time I was in the area and it was one of the best meals I have had in recent memory. Here is all the information.
- Cost: $18-$22
- Location: 2810 Cabrillo Hwy N, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
This small restaurant on Pacific Coast Highway has a standard exterior, but the interior makes you feel as if you have been whisked away to Italy. The stone and marble walls/floors combine with the picturesque Italian landscape photos that are hanging on the walls. Many of the waiters even have an Italian accent which compliments the atmosphere.
I walked around the restaurant and saw both the pizza oven and the beautiful private dining area (above), before taking my seat and looking over the menu.
Spots like Via Uno are places where you wish you were able to eat more then you can. I love Italian food, and the menu read like something I would have seen in a foodie dream. Here is what I ordered.
Sun Dried Tomato Spread
The first thing that came to the table was a sun-dried tomato, basil, garlic and olive oil spread which comes out with the bread. The owner told me this was such a popular dish that they actually sell it now. After trying it, I immediately understood that statement and I bought a bottle when I left the restaurant.
Burrata E Prosciutto
This dish included thinly sliced prosciutto with melt in you mouth burrata. To say this is good would be an understatement, it is a must order. This is one of the best things I have eaten in recent memory, and I practically licked the plate.
Pizza Via Uno
The Pizza Via Uno is a half pizza half calzone. Each of them are prepared differently, so you get two unique tastes. This combination is something I have never seen before on my travels and I was really impressed. I love the way the calzone was prepared with mozzarella and soppressata (Italian sausage), and the pizza with its olives and mushrooms. Both have really unique tastes and it is like two seperate meals.
For dessert, they have cannolis with cheese that has been imported from Italy. I couldn’t not try one as the meal was fantastic and I wanted it to end well, so I gave it a go. The cannoli rivaled the ones I had in Boston and was a wonderful dessert. The sweet ricotta from Sicily makes a huge difference in the cannoli’s taste and the light chocolate sauce and chocolate chips bring it over the top. I am salivating thinking about it while I write this.
All in all, Via Uno is one of my favorite places for a meal along the entirety of Pacific Coast Highway. It is a great spot with a nice atmosphere, fun people and ridiculously good food, be sure to check it out if you are in the area.
Disclosure: This meal was provided for me, all opinions are my own.