babbo’s original mediterranean bistro- (PALO ALTO) SANTA CLARA
Located in the Stanford Shopping Center, Babbo’s Bistro seemed like the ideal place to refuel after a long day of shopping. The bistro tempted us with the charming arrangements of outdoor seatings under tall white umbrellas, blue and white checkered table cloths, open kitchen, and foccacia bread on display. However, the inviting appearance didn’t live up to it’s food. As bad as it sounds, I think it’s one of those places where you just can’t expect too much.
I heart foccacia bread. I was already salivating when I saw them on display by the restaurant entrance, but these were the worst foccacia bread I ever had. STALE and plain greasy.
Caesar Salad- house caesar dressing with anchovies, parmesan cheese, garlic croutons ($10.95)
Hungarian Gulyas Soup- beef cubes cooked in paprika broth with potato. House specialty ($8.95)
Mixed Field Lettuce Salad- butter lettuce, baby mixed greens, tomato with olive oil- red wine vinaigrette ($8.50)
Foccacia Americana- foccacia burger with certified angus beef ($13.95)
Prawn Salad- marinated spicy prawns sauteed, w/o black beans, fresh corn, and tomatoes (subst.) avacado
I pretty much re-created their original salad but it holds all my favorite ingredients on one big plate. Lettuce, corn, tomatoes, and prawns. Yum.
Wood Burning Pizza- “four seasons”, mozzarella, prosciutto, mushroom, marinated artichoke, anchovies ($15.95)
Wood Burning Pizza- sausage, mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce, pesto w/o red peppers ($14.95)
Like I said, the food was average and so was the service. Nonetheless, it’s one of the only restaurant in the area other than CPK or some wine bar.