Tomatina brings fresh Italian to the Peninsula 

The new year brings new restaurants up and down the Peninsula. After opening six Bay Area locations since 1998, Tomatina is now on the Peninsula, in San Mateo. Fresh Italian is Tomatina’s theme, promising everything made in-house, from the bread to the fettucine’s alfredo sauce.

There are a few starters, but the menu focuses on pasta, pizza and signature piadine (flatbread-wrapped sandwiches filled with olives, hummus and romaine hearts or braised pork and pears, cooked in the pizza oven and topped with a small salad). Diners may design their own pastas and pizzas from a list of ingredients or select a pasta or pizza on the menu. Pastas range from traditional Mama’s spaghetti and meatballs to the pescatora, with spaghetti, clams, salmon and pesto.

Rounding out the offerings are calzones, main-dish classics such as chicken parmesan, and tenpting desserts such as tiramisu. The dining room includes a full bar, booth and table seating; the open kitchen and busy pizza oven are in full view.

401 S B St., San Mateo; (650) 918-5030.

San Mateo

The end of 2014 saw the opening of San Mateo’s first Burmese restaurant, Best of Burma , with a bright design in a cozy space boasting Burmese art on the walls and wooden tables and flooring. The eatery prepares vibrant cuisine, including catfish chowder (“moh hinga”), often considered Burma’s national dish. Lesser-known dishes include rice noodles with a mild chicken coconut curry sauce (“nan gyi thoke”). Samosas are popular starters, perfect to share before delving into two iconic salads: fragrant tea leaf with dried shrimp, or the “Rainbow” with 22 ingredients (the menu says “too much to list”), Pumpkin and pork stew and Burmese spicy shrimp are among the popular curries and large plates _ there are two dozen choices _ followed by fried bananas for dessert.

146 E Third Ave., San Mateo; (650) 235-9339.

Palo Alto

Palo Alto has a new go-to spot, which offers not only lunch, but jobs and training for adults with disabilities. Ada’s Café inside the city’s new Mitchell Park Community Center is a unique nonprofit startup created by Kathleen Foley-Hughes, a local special education teacher who established small cafes at schools; her students had the opportunity to cook for and serve teachers. Lunch choices at Ada’s Café may include fresh salads, steak panini, beef and bean chili, and carrot-ginger soup. Don’t skip the homemade pastries, including muffins, pain au chocolates and éclairs.

3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto; (650) 323-2851.

San Bruno

The food court inside San Bruno’s The Shops at Tanforan now has a Chipotle. The chain Mexican grill focuses on customizable burritos and burrito bowls stuffed with meat (pork carnitas and grilled adobo chicken) and signature cilantro-lime rice.

300 Tanforan Way, San Bruno; (650) 829-2469.

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