Cafe Society

Carolyn Jung | January 31, 2017 | Story Restaurants National

Anthropologie & Co.’s grand two-story emporium at Stanford is betting customers will come hungry not only for floral frocks, custom sofas and artful potted plants, but for line-caught tuna nicoise carpaccio ($16) and organic grilled chicken with persimmons and pomegranate vinaigrette ($26).

Anthropologie’s largest store boasts not only an expanded selection of the brand’s offerings, but the first West Coast restaurant by James Beard Award–winning chef Marc Vetri of Philadelphia’s Vetri Ristorante. Open for lunch and dinner daily, Terrain Cafe is done up in butcher block tables, reclaimed wood, soaring windows and oversize planters. “When we open up something, we don’t usually have the wherewithal to make it look like this,” jokes Vetri, who expects to visit every quarter. “Usually, I’ll just run to Lowe’s to get some plants. This steps it up.”

The Italian-inspired menu features classic Vetri dishes such as polenta budino ($12), a sweet pudding with gianduia mousse, as well as new creations that take advantage of the Bay Area’s long growing season. Stanford Shopping Center, 180 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, 650.262.1830.

Originally published in the January issue of Silicon Valley

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