The abandoned space that most recently housed Nick's on Main has been reanimated as a lifeline to forlorn Eastern Seaboard expats who cannot stop pining for the food of their childhood. By food, they mean Italian food and by Italian food, they mean stuff topped with equal part red sauce and moxie.
Well, there is now a place for you and it will warm your heart like a summer day on the Jersey shore. Spinello's logo has the state of New Jersey as its apostrophe and if that is not clue enough, its menu signals its intentions with selections before unseen in these parts such as Sunday gravy with rigatoni and Mikey's this and Mikey's that.
But these people are smart because what they offer in no way feels
like some private culinary code for those in the know, but a giant welcome mat for anyone willing to give it a try. If things stay
steady, we may have a genuine hit on our hands.
Starters included a generously sized and firm meatball, served with a dollop of marscapone and tablespoon of chopped salad. The meatball was lightly seasoned to showcase the intrinsic deep flavor of beef with no breadcrumb flavor in sight.
The cured meat and cheese dish was elegant, served with a medley of
tiny olives that offered up a briny accent.
The restaurant uses dried pasta, to achieve a toothsome texture (al dente). The ridges of the rigatoni clings to the thick and picante sauce for dear life rewarding every bite equally with a deep and legitimate tomato flavor. The chicken Parmesan, which was admittedly a sublime amalgamation of very tender chicken, melted mozzarella cheese and glistening tomato sauce, brought swoons of recognition from the Philadelphia native next to me, reminding me to visit the City of Brotherly Love ASAP for a culinary tour of its Italian neighborhood joints. The clam linguine was a little less enthusiastically
received, being a little on the soupy side.
Please don't pass up dessert. I fell hard for the Cannoli and the ricotta cheesecake which could open a bakery on its own strength. The cream puff was also worth making room for, filled with cold custard coddled by a sugar dusted, not too flaky shell.
Spinello's East Coast Eatery
35 E Main Street Los Gatos, CA 95030
Reservations (408) 402-5965