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La Cantina

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Wine Bar, Italian, Pizza
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139 West Michigan Avenue, Paw Paw, MI 49079
12696577033
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Hours:
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic
Description: At La Cantina in Paw Paw, Michigan, we pair excellent hand-crafted Italian...
At La Cantina in Paw Paw, Michigan, we pair excellent hand-crafted Italian food cooked by great chefs with a casual and fun atmosphere. We offer a great casual fine dining experience. Our homemade sauce blend compliments any of our pastas and Italian meats. We offer veal, New York strip, certified black angus filet, lobster, mussels, walleye, and other seafoods and are even known for our mouth-watering BBQ ribs. And as the first restaurant to offer pizza in the Southwest Michigan area, our hearth-baked pizzas are sure to delight. With a large selection of appetizers, dessert specials, full bar, and wine offerings, you may come in for a snack and ending up staying for the evening enjoying delicious food and great conversation. La Cantina was founded in 1936 by Amo and Rose Scotese and continued by the efforts of their grandchildren and daughter Norma, who still shows up ready to work every day-even at the age of 92. When you're here, the La Cantina staff will make your feel right at home as part of the family, and your
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  • 4
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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Genuine, unique Italian menu.

The chicken parm should not be missed! While the restaurant is a little dated, the staff is incredible, service is great, and the large local following tells you that the food is great across the board. Our daughter loves the spaghetti (with a huge, homemade meatball) and friends have had other... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Tishanderson
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Paw Paw, Michigan
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Michigan
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70 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I've been going to La Cantina for a few years and usually order spaghetti and meatballs because they are delicious. This week I tried Emilio's special and was delightfully surprised by the mixture of flavors. The sausage and vegetables mixed with olive oil and pesto are wonderful together. It's now my new favorite and definitely worth trying. It's always a... More 

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Thank AlliCat60
Paw Paw, Michigan
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42 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The chicken parm should not be missed! While the restaurant is a little dated, the staff is incredible, service is great, and the large local following tells you that the food is great across the board. Our daughter loves the spaghetti (with a huge, homemade meatball) and friends have had other pasta dishes to good reviews. I just can't seem... More 

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Thank Tishanderson
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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413 reviews
252 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

Have been going here for years and they never disappoint in great, traditional Italian dishes. We always start out with their pizza as it is the best ever! My husband likes their shrimp pasta while I always order their ravioli with cheese and homemade sausage. Like the wine there as the serve Italian Sangiovese. Enjoy it all year long and... More 

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Thank Nancy O
Saint Joseph, Michigan
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

My husband and I were looking for a place to eat on our way home from a long drive. We didn't find anything interesting in Kalamazoo, so we headed on to Paw Paw and landed at La Cantina. We were extremely impressed with the beautifully decorated interior and the friendly and accommodating staff. Our dinners were delicious! We are anxious... More 

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Thank Victoria N
Hoffman Estates, Illinois
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47 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

We first experienced this restaurant during the annual Wine and Harvest festival in September. We were with another couple and had a great evening sitting outside and enjoying a wonderful meal. The service was great, the outdoor atmosphere was really fun and the food was awesome. We recently returned to Paw Paw with another couple and we made sure to... More 

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Thank ked4300
Vandalia, Michigan
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77 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015 via mobile

Can't wait to return. Nicely decorated inside. The food was AWESOME. The wait staff was over the top good.it has been around for over 80 years. The pizza was really good as was the pasta. Cannot wait to go there again!

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Thank Tom K
Grand Haven, Michigan, United States
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48 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

We were very pleased with the whole experience at La Cantina. The decor was tasteful in keeping with a small Italian eatery. Service was exceptional and portions were generous. We ordered the antipasto plate which came with a variety of meats, cheeses, marinated olives and peppers. There was plenty for a table of four to share. The hearty, multi-grained bread... More 

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Thank ShellyandDavid M
Lawton, Michigan
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Has been my favorite since I relocated to Paw Paw in 1979.Family owned with a long history in the area.

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Thank jherbe2014
Hartford, Michigan
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94 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

Weathering dining inside or alfresco on the deck, this place is wonderful. Everyone treats you like a old friend, and the decor is charming. Portions are plentiful, I take about half home. Only problem is what to order, because it is all so good!

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Thank Barbara M
Saint Joseph, Michigan
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28 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

Visited for dinner Wednesday evening after golfing... first time at La Cantina. We sat outside on the patio overlooking the water (well, kinda). They have grape vines growing around the deck railing completely blocking what would be a killer view for an outdoor dining experience. It took awhile for our server to come... seems he was busy chatting with some... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 139 West Michigan Avenue, Paw Paw, MI 49079
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Van Buren County  >  Paw Paw
  • Phone Number: 12696577033

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Wine Bar, Italian, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic

Description

At La Cantina in Paw Paw, Michigan, we pair excellent hand-crafted Italian food cooked by great chefs with a casual and fun atmosphere. We offer a great casual fine dining experience. Our homemade sauce blend compliments any of our pastas and Italian meats. We offer veal, New York strip, certified black angus filet, lobster, mussels, walleye, and other seafoods and are even known for our mouth-watering BBQ ribs. And as the first restaurant to offer pizza in the Southwest Michigan area, our hearth-baked pizzas are sure to delight. With a large selection of appetizers, dessert specials, full bar, and wine offerings, you may come in for a snack and ending up staying for the evening enjoying delicious food and great conversation. La Cantina was founded in 1936 by Amo and Rose Scotese and continued by the efforts of their grandchildren and daughter Norma, who still shows up ready to work every day-even at the age of 92. When you're here, the La Cantina staff will make your feel right at home as part of the family, and your
Open Hours
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?