In Santa Cruz for Christmas and used an internet search to find a Christmas eve meal at Lago di Como. We lived in Naples for three years and this is as close to the atmosphere of a real Italian restaurant as i have experienced since we came back to the US 35 years ago. The restaurant was full of happy and convivial patrons enjoying their meals and the company of their friends and family. The staff was attentive and earnest. Our server, Matthew, was relatively new, I believe, but he was absolutely charming in his eager and attentive service. And the food...The insalata caprese used tomatoes with actual flavor, nicely warm with wonderful mozzarella. The three of us had lasagna, lemon chicken, and penne in pepper-infused olive oil and they were all superb, flavorful, al dente, and hot. The Italian Barbera wine was a perfect accompaniment. The owner/chef came out to greet us. In all, a genuinely Italian meal in all the best ways.
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