If she had to choose the perfect setting for her food, Alice Gregori would probably say Sunday food feast. Gregori, founder of Caponatina Lab—a catering and private dinner service in Menlo Park—aims to welcome guests into a lively dining room filled with casual tables, loud and fun conversation, and food that’s outspokenly Italian. Essentially, her...

Pinstripes — an Italian-inspired bowling-bocce-bistro hybrid with locations in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Houston and Cleveland — has arrived on the West Coast at last. The concept: Create a space with good food and a common activity to bring people together. The Pinstripes launch at San Mateo’s Hillsdale Mall last month has added some bustle at th...

San Mateo’s soon-to-open Pinstripes venue will offer a new spin, if you will, on entertainment and dining. It’s a place where you can roll a couple of games, then sit down to a fettuccine Bolognese or maple-glazed salmon dinner with wine or cocktails. For dessert, think gelato and bocce ball. This Chicago-born concept is coming to the West Coast fo...