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“Limoncello and other delights”
Review of Momento

Momento
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Ranked #66 of 912 Restaurants in Southampton
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $13 - $34
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Located in the heart of the city’s new Cultural Quarter (10 minutes from Central station, 5 minutes from Mayflower theatre and West Quay) Momento offers a place for you to have a ‘Moment to yourself’. We have an indoor seating area and an outdoor area in Guildhall Square where you can dine with our Italian comfort food and why not treat yourself to a glass of wine making it a perfect marriage on a lovely day. We have a wide variety of food, with the meat and fish being sourced from the best local producers and we have hand picked our wine list from the best vine yards in Italy. Why not come in and have a Moment….
Reviewed November 16, 2013

After sampling the Southampton City Art Gallery (a stunning collection in need of bigger home), we ended up in the new plaza in front of the Guild Hall's auditorium, a skateboarder's paradise and a place in the process of making. We spied a corner cafe sporting a jazzy frontage and we went in for a late afternoon coffee at the Caffe Momento.
The proprietor/creator greeted us and escorted us beyond the espressos and into the realm of deserts which we fell into with shared gusti, a lemon/orange custard dish whose name I can't remember was delicious and unlike anything I had experienced from Brule to Caramel. So we decided to return the following evening for dinner.
This was dinner in a movie, the dinner being fresh Bream served on a bed of marinated orange slices, wowzers; a wonderful presentation complemented by a memorable dry white (carricante plantia, duca diaragena candido - forgive the misspellings of a scribbled note) recommended by our Sicilian host.
The food was delicious and the service impeccable, a performance to dine for. Sicily and the old world of joyful cuisine and hospitality opened up for us over the courses of the evening with a parting Grappa for the lads and Limoncello for the ladies.
A wonderful time and a momento not to be forgotten. Enjoy a bite of the Dolce Vita in Hampshire.
Thanks Franco from your fan base in North America. We will return.

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Thank 49tommyboy
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Reviewed November 4, 2013

This place is fab, fab, fab! Fab coffee, fab cakes, fab service plus good food made fresh on the premises and a friendly atmosphere. The owner and his lovely staff really know how to make you feel welcome, even (make that especially!) if you have children with you. I have not had an experience like this where I was made to feel so at ease with bringing my, somewhat lively, kids to a properly decent café or restaurant since my last trip to the continent. There is so much positive, happy energy about this place that I really cannot rate it highly enough. Plus they have a deli counter and a range of authentic Italian goods for sale, so even if you cannot stay you can take a tasty piece of Italy with you to enjoy at home! Go there. Period.

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Thank Mielsonwheels
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Reviewed November 3, 2013 via mobile

A friend recommended this cafe to me and I'm so glad she did. It's a bright cheerful place which immediately lifts your spirits. The service is excellent and the food is lovely. It is a real taste of Italy but in Southampton. I shall definitely be going back.

Thank sjs1811
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Reviewed October 30, 2013

We came back for dinner tonight after trying breakfast and lunch here over the past few weeks. It was the best we had all eaten in ten years and the wine - well, out of this world! All the food was full of flavour, carefully cooked, beautifully served. Recommend especially the italian meats starter and the sea bream. And do take the offered advice on the wine to have with the food - its spot on, and excellent. Plus, various dietary problems were catered for without a fuss. nothing was too much trouble. We will be coming back and soon and recommending to all our friends.

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Thank Suzie K
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

Just what Southampton needed, an Italian deli and trattoria! It's nice to finally find an Italian restaurant which is actually owned and run by Italians!

The food is of the best possible quality and I have never yet been disappointed by their ever-varying desserts! Not to mention the friendly staff who are always ready to greet you with a smile and true Sicilian warmth =)

If you're going for lunch, dinner or a simple snack I recommend it.

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Thank A_F_Phillips
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