I would like to recommend Buca (NOT to be confused with Buca di Beppo), a cozy Italian place in Campbell situated as are many of Silicon Valley's gems in yet another anonymous strip mall along yet another anonymous commercial strip. No matter, insdie it is cozy and very friendly and was especially so as our party sought refuge from a loss of power at home and an unrelenting rainsotrm. We were greeted with a complimentary tall shot glass of Spumanti and proscuitto wrapped green beans and goat cheese. The soup was potato and carrot--coarse texture, carrot sweet and in no way gluey or glutinous.
The mains were a pumpkin stuffed ravioli with fresh, barely cooked spinach leaves. The ravioli were giant--soft pasta shrouds covering mounds of sweet potato-ish pumpkin...fitting for the climate and time of year. The osso bucco was served with a rich and very brown reduction. The meat was baby food soft and fell from the bone effortlessly. After polishing off the meat, I was rewarded with a beautiful gooey cylinder of fatty marrow hiding in the shank.
I had a couple of glasses of Thomas Fogarty Pinot Noir that was exceptionally light and unobtrusive.
Passed on desserts.
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