Tigelleria Ristorante

Peninsula and South Bay, California

4.3 / 1 vote

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Vegan-friendly upscale organic traditional Italian cuisine

The bread and antipasti here set the restaurant apart from all other local Italian places. Tigella is a small flat bread baked between heated tiles; traditional in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. This unique bread is served with a choice of 20 different spreads, most of which are vegan. There is at least one vegan choice in each section of the menu -- antipasti, salads, pastas, entrees, and charcuterie -- and each of these is an Italian dish one is unlikely to encounter elsewhere. Vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free dishes are all marked as such on the menu.

Reservations are essential, and it can get crowded. The restaurant assumes that guests will occupy their table for at least 2.5 hours, and nobody will rush them to leave.

Added by Vivek R on Jul 24 11 (last updated Jul 24 11)

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My wife and I just went to Tigelleria again for a special occasion and had an outstanding organic and vegan meal, as usual. The food there is not cheap, but it's unique and well worth it. I haven't seen such innovative vegetarian/vegan Italian cuisine anywhere else in the U.S.

We started with their flatbreads with gourmet spreads (arugula pesto, roasted red bell pepper dip, and green olive tapenade). I ordered a black cherry rose martini cocktail which was quite good, and then had a very tasty black kale salad with chopped mangoes and toasted pine nuts. My wife had a mushroom and pear salad that was ordinary. Both salads normally come with special cheeses, but the restaurant is happy to make them vegan. The menu has special icons next to dishes that can be made vegan even if the original has lacto-ovo content.

My entree was a vegan polenta casserole with fava bean puree, broccoli rabe, and porcini mushrooms, topped with a peperonata sauce of roasted red bell peppers, onions, and tomatoes. I thoroughly enjoyed this. My wife had a mushroom, rice, and butternut squash that had a bit too much oil for her taste, but I thought was pretty tasty. We closed with an awesome vegan soymilk dark chocolate mousse topped with an orange liqueur sauce.

All the vegetables and dairy items at this restaurant are organic. It's very popular and has only 14 tables that are always packed, so reservations are essential any day of the week.

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The restaurant is located at the south-east corner of 4th and Campbell Ave. They have ample private parking located at the rear end of the building with access from 4th Ave.
In addition, a free public parking is located one block east at the north-east corner of 3rd and Campbell Ave. with access from 3rd Ave.


Accepts Reservations


$$$ - expensive


  • Italian


  • (Mostly) Organic
  • Large Group-Friendly
  • Romantic



11:30am - 2:30pm;
5:30pm - 10pm
11:30am - 2:30pm;
5:30pm - 11pm
5:30pm - 11pm
5pm - 10pm

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