saturday night out
Had a very relaxing meal out, food was great - both selection and quality. Very much enjoyed the evening.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hidden Treasure in Red Bank
Authentic old world Italian food done exceptionally well. From bread & olive oil-reminiscent of what we had in Tuscany-to amazing REAL gelato this was an enjoyable dining experience that had us longing to return to Italy. We started w/ strawberries & goat cheese over baby spinach w/ balsamic & fried zucchini lightly battered yet perfectly seasoned. The lasagna w/ a surprise of artichokes- light w/ a perfect blend of flavors & just enough cheese. Salmon in cream over farfalle is a repeat favorite. Gelato, so many interesting flavors to choose!
The service is efficient & friendly without being intrusive. The owner even came to our table, opened our wine and returned to ask about our meal. Bonus-Outdoor dining, quieter side street & BYOB.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
A taste Of Italy
For those of you not lucky enough to travel to Italy, it has turned into your lucky day. I consider myself knowledgeable and with an experienced tongue to the Italian cuisine. Sicilia cafe Is a diamond in the rough. The food is authentic, and you don't have to travel across an ocean. The decor is rustic and true to typical Italian decor. The staff is friendly, and family like. The dashingly good looking owner Vincenzo is always there to greet you with a smile and warm welcome. You feel like a part of the family. And please please save room for dessert! The homemade Gelato, and fantastic pastries are worth it! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very suprised and glad we
Very suprised and glad we went! There are many choices in the area but this one aimed to please. Food was prepared as requested and service was pleasant. Nice Sicilian family runs the place and accommodated all our off the menu requests. Plus save room for dessert- gelato !
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
We all had pasta dishes -
We all had pasta dishes - 1 with lobster and cockels, and 1 with mussels. Both were delicious and creative. We also enjoyed their galatto. Everything was great.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was excellent especially the appetizers and deserts. The figs wrapped in prosciutto were sublime. The canolis and gelato were the best I have had in years. The salmon was a beautiful piece of fish, but the preparation was a little plain. The pastas were excellent. I will definitely be going back.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Australia Meets Sicilia
Had friends from Australia in town and we enjoyed a late dinner at our favorite real Italian restaurant in Red Bank. Entrees are more than generous and absent the heavy typical Italian fare. The service is always friendly and attentive and the Sicilian influence is very evident in the food they offer. The pastry deserts are from an Italian bakery and their gelato is made by them and is fantastic. This is a byo establishment on the southern end of town with parking on the streets nearby.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went here for the first time on a Friday night. Nice atmosphere very good friendly service, not packed & the food was very good. We liked that it is a BYO so it keeps a nice nite out more affordable. We will be going back.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Surprisingly very good
We've been eating in redbank for years, and decided to try this place based on open table available reservations on a busy Friday night- and we are certainly glad we did. It may be our new area place!
The staff was accommodating and the dining area spacious.
The appetizers were creative and well prepared. We had the fried chickpea (although a but too greasy) the brushetta and the hot peppers.. My mango salad - was delicious and fresh...
Even my husband liked his chicken (and he is very hard to please).
Added bonus was our friends remembered it was BYO and bought along a crispy white to compliment all our meals!
We're definitely coming back!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mom's Bible Study
At first glance, I wasn't impressed because I had to enter the restaurant through the gelateria. However, the dining room was nicely apportioned - comfortable and roomy. Our service was great - we had time to go over the menu and chat without feeling rushed. We had both prix fix selections and ala carte. Entrees were perfect size - not heaping, not teeny and very well prepared. Eggplant parm was grilled (big plus+), not fried, pear and arugula salads were pleasingly plated. Grilled shrimps, spicy vodka sauce and bolognese were all tasty. We didn't miss not having a wine list... this is a BYOB, it allowed us a chance to bring fav selections from home.
Don't be put off by the review comments about the bread - I'm glad we weren't!
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our group of six met for lunch
Our group of six met for lunch and sat at a round table by the window facing Broad Street. The cloth table cloth and napkins added to the cheery atmosphere of warm, gold walls with Italian ceramic decorations.
The lasagna with béchamel sauce was tasty. Other entrees ordered: tuna salad, strawberry salad, hot chicken wrap, shrimp & calamari. Five people enjoyed their entrees. It was noted that the fried shrimp tasted like it had been fried in oil that had a chicken taste. Coffees and gelato were excellent. Service was outstanding.
10/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Dinner was wonderful and so was the service. Sicilia is a great neighborhood restaurant.. Have been there a few times but this time took friends and they loved it. Oh yes, the menu is excellent!
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Light and Fresh
Very traditional Italian Cuisine. Long on taste and freshness with light sauces in a variety of offerings.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was outstanding, the service good, but the room was too noisy. It was hard to hear the person across from me, and too easy to hear the couple at the next table.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Hooray for Sicilia Cafe
Although not smack in the center of Red Bank, this location is great for dinner parking. A group of five and no person left a morsel on the plate. Need I say more....perfect chicken, salmon and veal dishes were the consensus around the table. Starter was a mango goat cheese salad, two for the table, with reduced balsamic and again not a leaf was left. The end result was creamy, smooth delicious gelato. Can't wait to dine there again.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
This restaurant never disappoints. The salads are creative and delicious. Their pastas are cooked 'al-dente', the way they are meant to be, and are never overcooked.
They have a friendly and accommodating staff.
The egg fettucine with peas and mushrooms in a light cream sauce was excellent. It was a special entree that night, but they should definitely add this to the regular menu.
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM