Cafe Italia .
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Along (very long), marble-topped bar, different seating areas, high ceilings,
many mirrors, modernretro interiors and an overall look of a Continental
brasserie, Cafe Italia makes you smile even before you dig into the fantastic
The spacious dining area is divided by large glass doors allowing
for more private sections, with small and large tables to suit different size
parties, but the overall atmosphere is that of a happy dining hall, complete
with busy waiters rushing about and the sounds of animated conversations,
glasses clinking and plates been cleared away – not to mention the
mouth-watering aromas. This is most definitely a place for people who enjoy
The menu of Cafe Italia relies, as a good Italian menu
should, on the best and freshest ingredients, meticulous preparation and
I must admit that I am partial to this place, it
being one of my favorite places in Tel Aviv. It is the kind of place that you
feel comfortable coming back to time and time again, returning to the same loved
dishes and never getting tired of the simple but delicious food.
to sit next to the kitchen, where you may steal a peek into the busy happenings
and maybe get a taste of some new dishes being sampled by the staff.
decided to share, as we normally do, and thus taste more items on the menu. The
portions here are quite large, so you might want to settle for one starter or
one main dish, but do not miss the green salad (NIS 34). True, it is only
lettuce, olive oil and Parmesan cheese flakes, but oh what olive oil and what
Parmesan! Again, the quality makes all the difference.
A tuna fish salad
with white beans (NIS 38), doesn’t look like much but is very good, with lots of
lemon and that wonderful olive oil – exactly the kind of dish you’d get in a
Roman ristorante that is patronized by locals rather than tourists. The other
starter we tasted was the white asparagus (now in season) in anchovy sauce. The
asparagus were meaty and cooked just right, and the sauce was
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It is not always on the menu, so ask for it and grab it if
The chef said they had just received fresh fish and suggested
we share a whole small grouper, deep fried. We agreed and didn’t regret it. The
fish was fresh, and deep frying it was the best method of preparation. This
dish, too, is not always available and only offered when the fish is fresh. It
is usually served with side dish of potatos or vegetables, but we decided to
decline and concentrate on one pasta dish. The pasta dishes here are all very
good, made from fresh durum pasta and served with light sauces based on
vegetables, nuts, fish, meat and sea food. But there is a winner, and we chose
to take the queen of home-cooked Italian pastas – the lasagna Bolognese (NIS
62). Here it is made from green spinach pasta, with rich, wellseasoned meat
sauce and topped with the best Parmesan. The portion is large and is served in a
“sloppy” manner, just as it would be served by a Roman mama. I love it. The same
sloppiness is again demonstrated when the obligatory tiramisu is served. And
just looking at it, you know it will taste sublime.
The tiramisu at Cafe
Italia definitely rates Numero Uno on our list (yes, we keep one). The coffee
was strong and good, and the service very attentive.
To accompany the
food we had a glass of Il Bruchetto, a very nice red from Florence, which was
the wine of the month, and a bottle of the local boutique beer,
Since Cafe Italia is one of my favorite places in town, I will
definitely be going back soon.The writer was a guest of the
Cafe Italia, 6 Kremenitzky Street, Tel Aviv, (03) 561-2888.
Open Sun - Sat, noon to midnight. Average price per person NIS 60 – NIS
120. Business lunches until 4:30 p.m. Not kosher.
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