Il Porcino

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3339 Walnut Ave, Fremont, CA, USA

Il Porcino Fremont Reviews

sirenn9 sirenn9
43 reviews
Aug 07, 2007
This is by far the best Italian restaurant in the Tri-City area. Not only is the food fabulous, but the atmosphere is intimate and romantic (a great place to go to on a date), it's not part of a chain (Fremont is plagued by chains, unfortunately), the service is friendly and attentive and the decor is a cross between old world elegance and the rustic appeal of the Italian country side.

A lot of the stereotypical Italian "classics" are not on the menu (lasagna, fetuccini alfredo, etc) and I think the reason for that is that they wanted to focus more on the many other types of food that Italy has to offer besides the ones we see in places like The Olive Garden, along with every other Italian restaurant (it seems). I find their move to leave these items off the menu to be very daring, which I actually respect and think is very cool. Their menu is actually quite large and they have a lot of variety. They have everything from pastas, to chicken, to seafood, to veal. They also have specials, including cioppino, rack of lamb, calamari, and many others, which are all fantastic! I have eaten here on a few different occasions. The last time was a few days ago and this is what we had:

-Bread and balsamic vinegar/olive oil dip with marinated mushrooms. This was delicious. We went through a couple baskets of bread- that's how good it was. The bread was fresh, homemade focaccia... yum.

- Bruschetta. Made with focaccia bread, the servings were huge! Very good.

- Spaghetti a la Puttanesca. Amazing. The flavors were perfectly balanced. They used fresh kalamata olives and the sauce wasn't too salty, which Puttanesca sauce has the tendency to be, since it has anchovies in it.

- Pollo Involtino (or something along those lines). This entree had a very rustic, harvesty feel to it. It was served along side a mix of vagetables and potatos. The chicken was stuffed with prosciutto, fresh mozarella and a few other things. Extremely flavorful.

-Tiramisu. Light, perfectly balanced. Not too sweet. Perfect.

They also have a great wine selection.
vulindlela says:
Well, that sounds great!
Have you eaten at Il Pescatore or Francesco's in Oakland?
They were both good.
Posted on: Aug 07, 2007
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