This neighborhood spot is easy to miss and drive by - humble on the outside. The delicious dishes are worth checking it out. Very homey ambiance. Great food.
12/18/2012 12:00:00 AM
We were highly impressed with
We were highly impressed with the food, service, and atmosphere at Cafe Carolina. We came to see a friend's photographs on display but would certainly return for the food and recommend the place to friends.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
My husband and I tried Cafe
My husband and I tried Cafe Carolina for the first time last Friday. The restaurant was full and busy, but we were seated right away. We had the lasagne and gnocchi with pink sauce. This restaurant offered a variety of sauces and types of pasta to choose from, so it was easy to make your own custom selection. I was impressed that Cafe Carolina focuses on organics when possible and when my husband asked for a diet drink, the server offered Hansen's instead of the typical Coke or Pepsi. Has a boutique cafe sort of feel, but has reasonable pricing. Would like to go back and try other items to experience the full menu. Pizzas looked good. Our server was very friendly and helpful. Only negative was the appetizer menu was somewhat limited.
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
What a cheesecake!!! Wow,
What a cheesecake!!! Wow, Giuseppe you've hit it out of the park. Va bene!!
4/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food, special place
So glad we finally tried Cafe Carolina! Everyone at the table of 8 adults + one 2 year old enjoyed their food to the fullest. We celebrated Mother's Day brunch 1 day early. The food was unique, yet not too off the wall, and everything tasted fresh. Flavors were well balanced and complimented each other well. I had the mushroom crepe, which was cooked perfectly. The fritatta with Gorgonzola and walnuts was also excellent. Every dish was exceptional, and the prices were reasonable, especially since you got a decent portion and food I wouldn't cook at home. We will definitely be going back.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
VERY GOOD ITALIAN FOOD
THIS RESTAURANT HAS THE TYPE OF FOOD YOU FIND WHILE TRAVELING THROUGH ITALY
NOT THE USUAL PIZZA, MEATBALL ITALIAN
ALSO CATERS TO HEALTHY CUISINE
A MUST TRY
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Another wonderful meal at Cafe Carolina. This restaurant never disappoints.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
As always, outstanding...!
After recently returning from a recent trip to several regions in Italy, it was a pleasure to return to Cafe Carolina to revisit our memories of several dishes from the Lombardy region... the beef with Risotto was outstanding! We will go back again and again to relive our true Italian roots in dining..... Ciao!
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had nice customer service
We had nice customer service and enjoyed good 'catch-up" time for friends while enjoying a nice meal. Food was yummy and authentic.
5/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
My second visit to this understated
My second visit to this understated restaurant. During the week the noise level was moderate. On Saturday night it was quite loud. Also several large groups celebrating birthdays and graduations elevated the noise level. They change parts of their menu every two weeks, highlighting foods from different regions of Italy and make wine pairing suggestions, so it keeps the menu interesting and ever changing. Food was very good on both occasions.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
A real Italian chef! Va Bene!!!
A real Italian chef! Va Bene!!! And the tours of the regions of Italy on a monthly basis is a great idea.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Refreshing Change of Pace
After three dinners in the San Fernando Valley at chain restarants that each featured some combination of lackluster food and/or inept service, my family decided to give an independent restaurant a try. Cafe Carolina fit the bill. It's two simply furnished rooms that reminded me of some of the trattorias where I have dined in Italy. Our server was cheerful and very helpful, giving us samples of some of the special wines. The food -- which tends towards the straightforward and simple rather than the innovative -- was not memorable, but featured good ingredients, and was capably prepared and very satisfying. Prices are quite moderate. Tables are surprisingly well-spaced for a small establishment and the noise level was moderate.
6/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
some of the dishes are something
some of the dishes are something you cannot find anywhere else........absolutely delicious.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
great neighborhood spot. wonderful
great neighborhood spot. wonderful food, wonderful service. they make you feel special.
7/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
A group of us visited Cafe Carolina recently for dinner. Two of us are vegans and we were delighted to find that there were many vegan or veganizable choices to please. The vegan pesto pasta was a real winner. The mixed green salad very fresh and amply sized. The ambiance is not great, but the restaurant was cozy and clean. I'd go again.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cafe Carolina is a find! Especially
Cafe Carolina is a find! Especially with chef Guiseppe. I love the notion of rotating the food by region
7/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
Our favorite Italian Restaurant
We have been going to Cafe Carolina for almost 10 years. The food is always excellent, the service as well. The food is fresh, organic and delectable. There is always something new on the menu. It is relaxed and charming. Guiseppi is the chef , originally from Verona and he is also the owner along with his wife who manages the restaurant. We love it and you will too!
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
I am so pleased I found this place on the internet. That was the most delicious food I have had in a long time. It was a great evening of eating way too much and just a good vibe. Our waitress.... Luca (?) I had 3 beers, was a doll. What a smile and very helpful. everyone loved their dinner. Everyone wants to go back. Thank you Chef Giuseppe for your fabulous recipes.
I cannot wait to return.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious and Organic
Delicious and creative food, that is healthy fare.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner with Friends
I dined at Cafe Carolina with two women friends. Service was efficient and friendly - an excellent combination. We all know good food and one of us had lived in Italy and we were all quite happy with our dinners. The specials were from Pulia, unusual and excellent. We look forward to returning soon
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Organic and much is gluten-free
If you or someone in your party is gluten-free,
Then Cafe Carolina is the place to be.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
My neighbor recommended this place - we are new to the area and what a treat.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Seated us right away. Good service, fast, attentive. Had lasagna and the rigatoni, both from the regular menu. Lasagna was great, rigatoni was fantastic. Definitely will go back.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Authentic Italian Food
If you're tired of your pasta being smothered in tomato sauce and are aching for the real flavors of Italy Cafe Carolina is for you! Plenty of tables, outstanding wine list, and the best fresh-baked bread on Ventura Blvd. Their pasta is flavorful and the portions are perfect - rather than pounds of tomato sauce you taste the spices, meats, and cheeses that make their dishes so delightful!
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Real Italian Restaurant
This is the most 'Italian' of all the ones I have been. I will reccommend it to everyone who is into Italian food.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place is genuine and down to earth. Great place for good food,
friendly ambience and conversation. And to make it even greater, you
can order light dishes that are organic and/or vegan. It's my favorite
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a gem..
Fantastic creative food. Their monthly regions of Italy menu keeps this venue fresh, fun and DELICOUS! Great flavors, perfectly prepared, great attention to detail. Don't miss a trip to this restaruant!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Regional, northern Italian cuisine, not the standard "Macaroni Grill" style. Emphasis on simple, fresh ingredients. The lasagna is still amazing with rows of thin pasta with a lot of meat, and very little cheese. The interior ambience is good, but the neighborhood is run down.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Organic, delicious Italian
Café Carolina has grown steadily over the years, expanding and getting a beer & wine license a couple years ago, and for good reason. The innovative menu by master chef Giuseppe Dossi draws on home cooking from his native Italy as well as recipes from around that country's diverse regions to make consistently delicious food. In addition, the restaurant has been committed to organic food and sustainable, green practices since its inception, so it's a feel good place too. Highly recommend!
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love the Tour of Italy menu!
Saw the newsletter about Tour of Italy menu, realized we hadn't been to Café Carolina in awhile and it was the perfect location to meet our friends for dinner. The service was outstanding, as was the food. We enjoyed salads to start -- the burrata caprese style was wonderful. Then on to our main courses... we tried the Butternut Squash Ravioli on the Tuscany specials list and it was scrumptious. The boys also enjoyed the Lasagna from the regular menu. We were able to relax and enjoy the visit with our friends for several hours over dinner, not being rushed by the wait staff who continued to be attentive about refilling drinks long after we'd finished our main course. A very enjoyable evening!
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious Regional Italian
Cafe Carolina is an absolute gem! Their menu changes every few weeks to highlight regional cuisine from one of Italy's 20 different regions. The chef definitely knows what he's doing. The food is masterfully seasoned and tastes delicious. The wild boar and white truffle ragu was outstanding. I am excited to try new chef's specials when they change regions yet again.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
I loved the diferent foods.
Everything was amazing. The chef choises a different region to design the weekly speciala after. Everything seemed to have a unique an tasty spin
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Prepared With Love
Eating at Cafe Carolina is like sitting down in your Italian grandparent's kitchen for a authentic home-cooked meal. The unpretentious surroundings and friendly staff complement the delicious preparations perfectly. A bonus is the no-corkage policy.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM