A local staple since 1992, Mio Vicino serves premium Italian dishes in the midst of Santa Clara’s old town. Traditional Italian recipes are spiced up with inspiration from the California food scene. The trained Italian chefs use high-quality ingredients to create unforgettable meals, and the friendly service is a testament to Mio Vicino’s local ownership. Try one of the specialty pastas like the linguine and clams tossed with garlic, tomatoes, and leeks in a white wine sauce, or the portabella fusilli, which brings together portabella and crimini mushrooms, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, and sweet corn all tossed in a roasted garlic-marsala sauce.
Mio Vicino, 1290 Benton Street, Santa Clara, CA, USA, +1 408 241 9414
Try robata dining, a Japanese type of cooking similar to barbecue, at Iroriya. The high-quality and authentic dishes utilize fresh seafood, vegetables, and occasionally meats, which are skewed and slow cooked over a hot charcoal grill. The food at Iroriya is presented in beautiful displays that emphasize their uniqueness. A seasonal menu is always offered to use the freshest produce. Try the sea urchin and yam potato in dashi jelly (dashi is a commonly used stock in Japanese cooking), charcoal-grilled freshwater trout, or eel roasted with green tea. The small, tapas-style plates are great for sharing.
Iroriya, 3548 Homestead Road, Santa Clara, CA, USA, +1 408 246 5511
Named after the location’s original lot number, Parcel 104 sits on land that was once an old pear orchard in the 1800s. Now, Chef Bradley Ogden runs the farm-to-table American dining of Parcel 104 in the Santa Clara Convention Center hotel. Ogden’s award-winning, specialty dishes are made of the freshest ingredients sourced from local farmers and ranchers. Enjoy an elegant meal in the upscale ambiance of Parcel 104’s indoor or outdoor dining areas. Come in on a Friday to enjoy a live music performance.
Parcel 104, 2700 Mission College Blvd., Santa Clara, CA, USA, +1 408 970 6104