little italy @ the mina test kitchen


Joe and I got reservations at Little Italy at the MINA Test Kitchen (@MinaTestKitchen) in Cow Hollow about a month ago, and had been looking forward to this date night since then, as we are always passionate about trying new restaurants. When we got the reservation, all that was available for a Friday was 9:45 PM, so we took what we could get! The MINA Test Kitchen is an upscale dining space owned by famous chef, Michael Mina, that offers long-term pop ups with guest chefs.

We started the night off right with a C2 class at Corepower Yoga to sweat off a tiny portion of the calories we planned to eat later in the evening, then headed home to get ready for dinner. I love getting dressed up for our date nights, and wanted to try something new with my hair so I did a quick search on "how to do old Hollywood waves" and came across a great website that walks you through it. It was pretty easy and didn't take very long to do on my first attempt, so I will definitely be trying this again.

After drinks, we headed over to catch our 9:45 reservation at the MINA Test Kitchen. They apologized that they were running a few minutes behind, which we didn't mind at all. Still, the manager, Rafael, insisted on bringing us each a glass of bubbly for the wait, which was much appreciated! Once we were seated, our server explained how the menu worked:

You get all three antipastis on the menu, and each of them were amazing, but we especially loved the stuffed pepper. It was cooked to perfection -- the pepper was perfectly soft with warm bread crumbs oozing out. The manager also sent us the clams complimentary for being so patient, which was again very appreciated as we didn't even wait that long! He also came over during one of the first courses to recommended we order both th