When I asked owner Renato to be a part of my Birthday celebration, he gladly said yes. He is such a dear man, generous and talented, his food is always off the charts. Via Maestra uses the finest authentic ingredients. Renato is also an importer of Italian products, All Italia Imports, so you know everything is fresh and done in perfect Italian style. Via Maestra has been opened since 2000, a true Italian staple in Santa Barbara.
I tried to order things that I didn’t try the last time I was there in October.
Here’s What I Tried:
Bruschetta di Pomodoro, with chopped tomatoes, basil, garlic on grilled ciabatta. There is something about this delicious starter, it’s just the marriage of all of the ingredients and flavors, that really rock my world.
Antipasto Sampler Platter, From their deli case: Butter bean with tuna salad, grilled zucchini, grilled eggplant, mixed olives, farro grain salad, tomato & mozzarella, green beans and sopressata salame. This is a super simple and very tasty way to enjoy a little bit of everything in their deli case. I thoroughly loved this antipasto appetizer.
Linguine con Gamberoni, with tiger shrimp, fresh tomato, saffron and arugula. The shrimps are just perfectly cooked; they pop in your mouth – what a delicious pasta dish.
Angel Hair alla Bolognese, skinny pasta tossed with their homemade slow cooked beef and pork ragu’. Their Bolognese sauce is very authentic, the perfect recipe and so delightful with the angel hair pasta.
Salmone ai Ferri, with grilled fresh wild salmon, finished with tangerine extra virgin Agrumol. The salmon was simple and tasty; the addition of the tangerine and extra virgin olive oil finished it off the right way.
Polenta ai Funghi Porcini, I did try this the last time I was there and just couldn’t get enough, so I had to try this again. The flavors are just wonderful; I will crave this dish forever!
I had two of my gal pals with me to celebrate and we ate in the Breakfast room at The Franciscan Inn & Suites, which was the perfect place to enjoy this very classy dinner. It was a super elegant Birthday celebration with all of the bells and whistles.
Via Maestra 42
3343 State Street
Santa Barbara, California 93105
Monday – Saturday – 8:30am – 8:00pm
Sunday – 1:00 – 5:00