Ristorante Sicilia Cafe
Ristorante Sicilia Cafe

Ristorante Sicilia Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.siciliacafe.com/
  • Phone: 7323838473x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Saturday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm.
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 8:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Sicilian
  • Executive Chef: Vincenzo Sorriso
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Cafe, Delivery, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout
  • Catering: We offer off-site catering for private parties events etc.
    From sandwiches and paninis, to our signature pastas and meats.
    Pastries and gelato are available for catering as well.

    Gelato Cakes are also available for parties or catering. Just give us a call and you can pick the size and flavor of the Gelato cake you would like for your party!!!
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer our room and patio for private parties and events.
    Please contact us for further information.
  • Private Party Contact: Vincenzo 7323838473x
  • Special Events: We offer our Homemade GELATO for any occasion (weddings, birthdays, private events). Our gelato cart will be able to come to your event anywhere in New Jersey. Choose from 4 to 7 different flavors to be in your next event, along with a server .

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Broad st. and Peter's place
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We have a parking lot behind the restaurant, as well as parking on the street in front and on the side of the restaurant
A word from Ristorante Sicilia Cafe
Sicilia Cafe' is a real Italian Restaurant, with original recipes. Our menu' includes many Sicilian dishes, and from specialties from other regions of Italy. We have great specials that change daily like our Pasta con Sarde, or our Purpu anniatu (octopus in tomato sauce). Make sure to leave room for dessert, the Gelato is all homemade, and was just rated best in Monmouth county.

Sicilia Cafe' e' un vero Ristorante Italiano, con ricette originali. Il nostro menu include molti piatti tipici Siciliani e anche di altre regioni. Abbiamo tanti ottimi speciali che cambiano giornalmente, come la pasta con sarde, o il "Purpu anniatu" ( polipo affogato). Lasciate un po' di spazio per il dessert, il gelato e' fatto in casa, ed e' appena stato nominato il migliore nella contea di Monmouth
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Ristorante Sicilia Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
27 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
72% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (15)great for outdoor dining (13)good for groups (11)fit for foodies (9)great for lunch (6)special occasion (5)kid-friendly (3)romantic (1)Show More
  • Needs Help and Attention!!!
    Kelly82
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This was our 3rd trip back; previously, food and service very good. This time, horrible. One patron in group ordered 'grilled' salmon; well, it was pan-seared and 'old;' not 'fresh.' It was brought to server's attention; did offer to help. Usually, they would tell the manager, NOT; then, manager would offer to help. Not this time; no one knew. Our server never came to ask how our meals were, nor is there anything he/she could get. Also, he proceeded to sit at a table in which he knew the patrons; had to wait at least 20 mins. before he came back to ask was there anything else needed; check, please??? This is good service??? good food???
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Down hill
    Pennie
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had loved Sicilia in the past but our recent visit was very disappointing. Actually, we recommend removing what we ate from the menu. The Sicilian pest dish tasted like they used dried basil and was pretty inedible. The broccoli rabe seemed to be boiled and had too many stems. Overall, since we had taken a guest from California there, we were pretty embarrassed that the meal was not up to previous standards. The fig and arugula starter and lasagna were very good.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Personal touches w/ amazing food
    SandyM
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    With owner Vincenzo greeting us at the door, freshly returned from a trip home to Italy, and the opening appetizer of Paneddi started the night off right with an amazingly simple combo of flavor and texture. Followed with fresh figs, prosciutto, goat cheese and arugula with a fig balsamic glaze and we were in our food happy place. All of the entrees, whether Gnocchi and Fettuccine Bolognese from the menu, or a Veal special were perfectly prepared, hot, fresh and just the right portion size. A special treat of Tiramisu for our guest of honor as well as Pumpkin, Pistachio and Cherry/vanilla Gelato rounded out the meal - of course we had to have a cup of coffee (so good it has to be drunk black) in the charming square coffee cups.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Pleasant Surprise!
    PeterpanVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We walked into a deli, were a bit taken aback, and then led to a lovely dining room. The food was good, presented nicely and the service was attentive. Great salad, but my chicken was just a little over-cooked. BYOB-would surely go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very good
    retireediners
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food delicious. We met friends and asked for time to talk which request was granted. Items are ala carte so can be a bit pricey but food choices varied and very tasty. Would recommend.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • truly Italian
    jude
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Sicilia is a welcoming restaurant with delicious Sicilian food. The staff is friendly and helpful. You feel like you are having a good dinner in a friend's dining room--except when you're outside. Then you feel like you're eating with friends on their patio. :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The food was good but the service was just fair. We waited to long for are waiter to first come to the table to introduce himself to us. Then his timing was off. He brought a cocktail fork after I was finished with my muscles . He served us coffee but didn't bring milk. Other then that the food made up for us short comings.
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  • Dining experience
    Loveitalianfood
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Food had no taste....ready in 5 minutes so it seemed like it all was frozen and microwaved....portions small and price high for what you got....everything ala carte....had to go for something to eat afterward.....do not recommend
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous menu
    Arky
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Our first experience at this great restaurant. Varied Menu with perfectly prepared italian entrees. Homemade gelato better than gelato we had in Italy. Great service with added touch of complementary limoncello. Can't wait to go back to try other entrees.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Very disappointing
    Pandora
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We should have suspected something when we were the only people at the restaurant for most if the time we were there. The food here is lackluster at best - everything we tried was bland and boring. The staff were very nice and many were from Italy so we expected much tastier food. It's a shame because they have a lovely outdoor dining area.
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  • JeffM
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Food was very good. We felt kind of rushed, but that may be because it was near theater time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 16 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 37 reviews are from the Ristorante Sicilia Cafe reviews archive.
  • First time
    Jerseymama3
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We came here- two adults, two teens. The menu is diverse. It was able to accommodate a vegetarian and a low carb dieter! Everything was very fresh. My husband said the lasagne was extraordinary! It's a little pricey and no liquor license although you can call a local liquor store which will deliver to your table. We enjoyed it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My new favorite place!
    MissaPhillovefood
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We were a party if 3. We had the rice balls which were excellent (it's so hard to find good rice balls!!), fried calamari, antipasta, and a special mozzarella salad for shareable apps. Dinners were spicy penne vodka with sausage, veal tortellini and chicken franchise. I would not change a thing!! After all if that we had assorted gelatos! Absolutely amazing :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Light Italian Food
    BFITZVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    The focus is on taste not on amount..and the taste is excellent. Although focus is on taste the portions are really substantial. True Italian cusine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyable
    Peacefulwoman
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Food was fresh n well prepared. Staff was helpful but not well informed with question about menu.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • skip the stuffed artichoke
    Marianna
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    It came out both burned and raw! The leaves had the consistency of leather! Stuffing was meager and not very good. Chocolate mousse cake was delicious. The waiter consistently brought out the wrong dishes to our table.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    luvtocelebrate
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    I was recommended by a friend. Excellent choice. very simple but cozy atmosphere, great service. Prices are very fair. Food is excellent, pasta cooked to order, veal you could cut with a fork. No rush, apps came out, then maybe 15 minutes later dinner was served. Makes for a nice leisurely dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    After waiting a good 15 minutes before calling over a waiter (waiter never acknowledged us) we finally received some attention. Service from that point on was okay. Food was not very tasteful. Gelato was good not great. With so many other restaurants I would not go back.
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  • Good food for the right prices!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    All 3 entrees we had plus 2 kids' menu were all good. One must try their gelato, it is so good!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Saturday night in Sicily (Red Bank)
    hard2please
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Sicilia Cafe lives up to its name - genuine Sicilian offerings, a refreshing change from the usual red sauce, red velvet Italian restaurants in the area. Went there on a recent Saturday night and fortunately made a reservation well in advance - it was sold out for a 7 p.m. seating. Watched several last minute diners get turned away. Quite noisy, due mostly to one table of four who had had too much wine. Really loved the mussels appetizer in a spicy white wine broth, and the Sicialian salad featuring Belgian endive is a nice, crisp plate. Pasta specials were definitely good choices (mine being a linguini, mushroom, peas and ham preparation in a light marinara sauce - delicious). And the gelato is the best. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sicilia Cafe - great RB spot!
    RedBankMama
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    We enjoyed everything about our dinner at Sicilia--the proximity to town (we had tickets to a show at RBC and were happy to park only once); the service was sweet and helpful, not intrusive; the food was fresh and delicious; the window on Broad Street is a delight. The flavors seem authentic and the staff could not have been more genuine and gracious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice little café in downtown
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    nice little café in downtown Red Bank-great food NYC atmosphere-love it! Friendly, attentive staff-would heartily recommend! The Pesto Siciliano is outstanding!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was very good, but
    Diner2
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food was very good, but it lacked in presentation.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    DeeLynVIP
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    They advertise themselves to serve food like your Sicilian grandmother would serve. Far from it. Everything we ate was less than good. Portions were small and my veal saltimbocca was served to me swimming in a chicken broth based soupy sauce - very unappealing. There are so many better Italian restaurants steps away from them. If they want to survive they better get serious about the quality of the food they serve.
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  • Our Favorite Restaurant
    chasjude
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    All things considered (cost, food, service, friendly owner, space, gelato), this is the best restaurant in the Red Bank area. Surely, there is no better gelato anywhere (ingredients are original, fresh and many from Italy). The menu is interesting and authentically Sicilian (not the usual stuff) since the owner, the owner's family and chef are Sicialian. The pastas are homemade or imported from Italy. The owner is wonderful, friendly and welcoming, making every diner feel special. The servers are knowledgeable, friendly and experienced. This place is a gem that many do not know about because it is at the less-busy end of town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not impressed with food
    LocalJ
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Nice neighborhood spot, but food was unremarkable. Arugula was fresh, but flavor was not great.
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    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nicely done
    Robert
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    We njoyed a terrific meal here Saturday night. We were sat timely, enjoyed great food that was well-prepared and of course, the gelato was awesome. Menu is extensive, lots of specials too, hard to make a choice but we went with the veal scallopine with asparagus and mushrooms and the pasta carbonara. Food was served hot, and was delicious. Appetizers were excellent as well. The gelato topped off a very nice night. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food!
    SteveM
    Dined on 11/27/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    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.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hooray for Sicilia Cafe
    bbh1
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Light and Fresh
    BFITZVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Very traditional Italian Cuisine. Long on taste and freshness with light sauces in a variety of offerings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but something missing
    NJgrandmaVIP
    Dined on 11/3/2013
    The food at Sicilia was very good. The presentation of the salads was unusual & nice. The salad special said it had blueberry goat cheese. The pieces of goat cheese were so tiny it was hard to tell if there was any cheese in in. When we asked the waitress about this she almost stuck her finger in the salad to point out a tiny crumble of cheese. The veal special was delicious however for the price it would have been nice to have a little pasta or vegetable on the side. In spite of these less than stellar comments, we would be willing to give the place another try based on how tasty everything was. It's a BYOB which is always a plus.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful!
    tanya1
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    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!
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    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Our group of six met for lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/31/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mom's Bible Study
    NJmamma
    Dined on 10/22/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprisingly very good
    EmmasMom
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Location Not so Great Food
    theaterVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    We have a couple favorite spots that we frequent in Red Bank, but I wanted to try something new, so we dined here last Saturday night. The restaurant is in a prime location on broad street, and has a cute patio that is probably a nice place to sit when the weather is warm. There is nothing special about the food here. There are very few vegetarian options. I am guessing the menu does not change often, as I saw nothing on there to reflect that it was fall. The bread they serve is low quality, store bought. The table next to us had a seafood dish, which came with a lemon-with a sticker still on it. The server was pretty good, although she seemed confusedm and at times mixed us up with the other tables she was serving. Won't be back
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  • Relaxing meal
    Foody
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    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.
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Australia Meets Sicilia
    BFITZVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2013
    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.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sicilia Cafe
    Squirrelthird
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate