Years ago, Cafe Borgia was a very small family owned Italian restaurant in Lansing, IL. I remember waiting in line to get one of the few tables crowded into the small place back in the 80's and having a flavorful, authentic Italian pasta dish. This week for the first time, I visited the large warehouse style Cafe Borgia in Munster, IN. The restaurant moved from Lansing to Munster several years ago, but I hadn't had the opportunity to eat there. Yesterday, I had an unexpected day off and a gift card for the place in my wallet. My companion and I got there around 1:30 pm and the place was practically empty which in hindsight was probably an indication of food quality. My companion ordered the stuffed eggplant, and I ordered the chicken risotto. Both entrees came with nothing but the few slices of Italian bread they automatically put on the table. We tried each other's entree. The stuffed eggplant was good, but nothing out of the ordinary. The best part was the sauteed greens that accompanied it. The chicken risotto was bland and mushy. The risotto also included an extra bonus--a chicken bone! Our entrees ran between $14-$16. When I pay that much for an entree at lunchtime, it darn well better be good and not have gristle and a bone. I will say that the tiramisu we had for dessert was extremely good and the slice was very generous in size. However, if you want to eat somewhere locally with good Italian food, I would go to Giovanni's in Munster which is small and family owned. If they don't get the food back to the quality they had when they were located in Lansing, I foresee Cafe Borgia's building being an empty closed up shell in a few years. The location has never been good with the now closed landfill turned park right across the street. If you don't have a good location, then you'd better have excellent food...they don't...at least not anymore! It's really a shame.
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