Disclosure: This meal was provided for me; all opinions are my own.
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 that is 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
- Information from my visit in 2016
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 that 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.
Via Uno is one of those places I wish I could eat at more often. I love Italian food, and the menu read like something from 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 your 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 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 unique tastes, and it is like two separate meals.
For dessert, they have cannolis with cheese that has been imported from Italy. I had to 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 considerable 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 an excellent spot with a pleasant atmosphere, fun people and ridiculously good food, be sure to check it out if you are in the area.