Four of us decided to go out to eat last night (Friday). We tried calling our usual suspects and they all were busy and couldn't take us until late. Then I remembered reading a favorable review of Calago (in the old Benvenuti location) both on this board and in the New Times newspaper. We called and they said they had room.
Although the old house has some charm the decor needs some work and the neon "open" sign outside doesn't add any charm. There were people at scattered tables but there were plenty of empty ones (this was around 7:30). The menu looked interesting and the food did not disappoint. Two in our party had the Caesar Salad made table-side in the old fashioned way. I had a nice lobster bisque. For entrees I had the lamb chops, one had a seafood pasta, one chose the venison and one the stuffed chicken breast. The lamb chops and the venison were standouts. Both extremely nicely prepared with good vegetable accompaniment. The seafood pasta eater liked his but was disappointed the whitefish on the description was instead salmon of which he's not overly fond. The chicken breast eater enjoyed his meal as well. We opted for two desserts: a creme brulee with lots of vanilla flavor and a good crunchy top and a dense chocolate something or other served in a glass topped with whipped cream--very rich but very good--the quality of the chocolate was excellent.
I would absolutely return again. It would help if they'd freshen up the decor and perhaps close off one of the rooms to create a more intimate space.
But SLO hounds...give them a try!