My family enjoyed a very good meal at Sicilia Cafe on a recent Sunday night.
The airy dining room was much more to our liking than the overstuffed, overgilded place where we'd eaten oversauced food the night before.
The "padrone" - Vincenzo - was a very welcoming host. He hooked us up with a bottle of wine from a place around the corner since we'd forgotten to bring one of our own.
The pannelle fritters were a big hit with our kids. My wife and I enjoyed the grilled vegetable plate, which was a precursor of what to expect - fresh ingredients, simply prepared, from a kitchen that goes fairly light on the seasoning.
Our kids really dug their pastas - one had the Bolognese, the other had the carbonara. To our delight the "bacon and egg" pasta was not swimming in a creamy white sauce, but was an authentic preparation that was simple and delicious.
My swordfish was very good, and the side of spinach was excellent. My wife wanted something simple and tasty and the grilled shrimp fit the bill.
We all had gelato for dessert - made in-house, it was superb, especially the kiwi and the salted caramel.
A big thumbs up from all of us; we look forward to a return visit next time we're in Red Bank visiting friends.
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