This bistro cafe is a great place to eat before or after going to the ACD Museum.
The location is just about a quarter-mile North away from the museum, just around the bend in the road (Wayne Street), and a quick left turn onto Main Street, then immediately turn right into the parking lot alley just beyond the corner service station.
My friends, wife, and I ate here after visiting the museum at around 2:00pm in the afternoon on a Saturday. We were the only ones there. It was great having the place all to ourselves, the service was great, the food delicious, and we could have a lively conversation without bothering any other guests. It felt like a house-dinner party.
It's getting increasingly difficult to find genuine, Italian style, intimate, dining locations like this anymore. The food is so much more authentic and hand-crafted than your run-of-the-mill "Olive Garden" type restaurant. The prices are quite reasonable and the portions are sized just right so that you can have enough room to order a heavenly dessert after your meal.
I ordered a very tasty sandwich with pasta salad. I forgot the name of this sandwich, but it was the first one at the top of the menu list. My wife and friends ordered entrees from the menu. Their entrees came with salads. All of the salad dressings are made "in house" and everyone loved the taste. The breadsticks that came with their entrees were very good.
Ordering variations of menu items was not a problem. One of my friends ordered a baked spaghetti with meatball. This was not on the menu, but was served without any issues.
The Tiramisu here is truely a great find. One of the best I've ever eaten.
The service was great, our table was visited by the owner and the chef. They were very pleasant, and happy to answer questions.
The interior decor is a little dated... but after visiting the museum, nostalgia was the theme and this place delivered. The floor near the kitchen is getting to be a bit worn out and is somewhat unattractive. Hopefully it will be replaced soon. The rest of the restaurant has a grapevine trellis theme that was popular in the 1980s. Lots of white christmas lights on the wall in the trellis lattice continues this theme.
If you can, try and visit the downtown antique shops, see the DeKalb County Courthouse and the beautiful Eckhart Library in the little town of Auburn, In.
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