This is a smart, eco-friendly, and contemporary concept in the heart of San Mateo, a 30 minutes ride from San Francisco. Pausa is at the same time an Italian-style bar, a pizzeria and very well focused traditional restaurant based on Italian regional recipes. There’s always a good reason to come to this place opened by Andrea Giuliani, chef and owner with Steve Ugur. Fine selection of housemade cured meats and cheeses perfectly paired with different kinds of bread and focaccia. The menu features homemade pasta, creamy risottos and well-baked pizza pies topped with quality ingredients. The margherita was perfectly baked: soft, airy and crispy. Quality flours make the difference here. During our last visit we had very good Pollo Arrosto (roasted chicken), brined for 24 hours, served with rosemary poatoes and Brussels sprout. The Italian labels on the well-structured wine list include smaller producers, with acceptable mark-ups. In addition, there’s a lovely selection of spirits for aficionados, including gins and whiskeys. The place has been open for only one year but boasts the maturity and solidity of the best restaurants. From 5 to 6:30pm, patrons can enjoy Spritz Hour.