302 South Market St.
San Jose, CA
Cost: less than $30 for two
Il Fornaio was easily the best breakfast we had on our trip. After barely eating the day before we were ecstatic over the prospect of breakfast!
The Hotel Montgomery's desk clerk suggested we breakfast at Il Fornaio which was literally down the street, so we decided to give it a try.
We found it situated inside The Saint Claire, a gorgeous 1920s boutique hotel.
The enormity of the restaurant is not fully conveyed through these two measly photographs. With high ceilings, buttery walls and toast-coloured seating (okay, that may just be my stomach talking) Il Fornaio had a superb ambiance for breakfast and all things edible.
FILONE CON RIPIENO PICCANTE $8.95
Filone bread stuffed with eggs, sausage, bell peppers, onion, tomatoes and Tabasco topped with cheese (in my case, cheese on the side). With a glass of Arancia (Orange juice) $3.50
The Babelfish translation for this dish is: "TRADITION WITH FILLING PICCANTE" (anyone?)...whatever, it was delicious and it's something I plan on creating myself one of these days!
UOVA PIACERE $5.95
Two eggs (we chose egg whites only) , any style, grilled potatoes and onions; toasted filone bread.
Yes, "EGGS APPEAL TO" appealed to me very much, thank you Babelfish.
Beautiful china like this was filled with coffee and my usual, Earl Grey tea.
Overall Il Foranio gets huge props for its lovely ambiance, friendly service, great prices and tasty dishes! In fact, we would have gotten some pastries from there too but we'd heard that Bijan Bakery & Cafe boasted an enormous array of delectable treats, so we decided to head over there instead.