Segreto Familia- Underground dining in San Jose

We had the pleasure of dining on traditional Italian cuisine in the Naglee Park home of chef Frank Cava last week with 20 perfect strangers.  You see, Frank’s underground restaurant “Segreto Familia” has become a hot ticket with local diners who are looking for something different. Cava and his wife open their home to 20 or so every few weeks and serves up rustic Italian cuisine and share his philosophy on Italian Cuisine, the camaraderie of dining together and, occasionally, his passion for cars.

It’s a lovely concept, something which is popular in many cities, from Subculture Dining in San Francisco to Hush Supper Club in Washington DC. Who needs restaurants and their formal same old same old when you can dine in the chef’s own home?

Each of Cava’s menus is created based on what is available in the market and Frank and his team prepare it all in his home kitchen. Obviously because it’s in his home (so no license for alcohol) guests bring wine if they desire and some dishes are served family style to keep the family feeling going.

This short video taken in Frank’s kitchen the evening of our dinner gives you just a bit of insight into the idea and the man behind Segreto Familia. To learn more, see menus and feedback from past events, and make a reservation for the next round of dinners, visit his website. The suggested donation for dinner is $45 per person. The address and menu are released the day before the event.

2 Comments so far

  1. Peri kraus (unregistered) on July 1st, 2011 @ 2:06 pm

    Wonderful experience! We were there the same night. Food was
    flavorful and delicious. What a great treat.

  2. Linsey krolik (unregistered) on July 1st, 2011 @ 2:19 pm

    Loved it! Will definitely go back. Soon.

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