As residents of Mountain View, my family finds ourselves frequenting places that have become our favorites. We'd love to hear what your favorites are too, and why, in the comments. Here's our family's number one.
Ristorante Don Giovanni - John Akkaya and his crew have had consistent good service and yummy food. For over fifteen years we have been going there to enjoy my favorite, angel hair pasta, add prawns, my husband's favorite, pasta adriatica (a cream sauce seafood specialty), and our son Reef's favorite, kids raviolis with meat sauce.
Over the years, Johnny has gone over the top for us! Once, when he knew we had just come home from a trip, he offered to deliver dinner to our house and did! His front-end server Yalcin is incredible and personable and we've shared a lot of laughs.
Not just a dinner destination, but I've also held several events in his amazing Silicon Valley Room, including my client party, and our birthday parties.
Every year Johnny hosts a FREE Thanksgiving Dinner for anyone who wants to join. For twenty-eight years now he has done so and most recently was honored with a flag flown over the Pentagon on the 4th of July in his honor for his outstanding community efforts.
If you go by, tell him The Smith Family says hi! Oh, and be sure to ask Johnny or Yalcin to show you the world's largest pepper grindder!!