Unpolished jewel | April 9, 2010 | Palo Alto Weekly | Palo Alto Online |

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Eating Out - April 9, 2010

Unpolished jewel

Mataro in Menlo Park excels in kitchen, falls short in dining room details

by Dale F. Bentson

Ristorante Mataro has a Jekyll-and-Hyde quality about it. It's a neighborhood charmer I would really like to fall in love with. The food is pretty good — not stand on your head and whistle Dixie good, but above average — and the prices are friendly, with the wine list satisfying enough. Alas, there is a disconnect with some of the finer details that scuttles the effort.

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