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“Consistently best food in Altoona area.”
Review of Lena's Cafe

Lena's Cafe
Ranked #17 of 165 Restaurants in Altoona
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania
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55 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Consistently best food in Altoona area.”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

When you want great Italian food at a reasonable price go to Lena's cafe in Altoona, PA.
I love their lasagna only on Thursday, Friday or Saturday night. The homemade noodles are the best if you are in the mood for spaghetti. They are homemade and thinner than the regular spaghetti. Make sure you order a meatball. Really great and again, homemade. The cheese ravioli are homemade and the ricotta is made fresh. The atmosphere at Lena's is that of a little cafe. Not fancy in the least but its the food I love. Usually I see someone I know enjoying the best food in town.

  • Visited July 2013
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English first
Parkland, Florida, United States
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62 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Best little inexpensive Italian joint”
Reviewed July 7, 2013

No whistle and bells, just good spaghetti and meatballs! My husband has the sauce shipped to Florida!

Visited July 2013
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8 restaurant reviews
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“Delicious menu makes up for the not so elegant decor.”
Reviewed July 6, 2013

We dined here while passing through town. The homemade noodles were outstanding. The sauce was extremely tasty! I would highly recommend Lena's Cafe.

  • Visited July 2013
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“It's all about the sauce!”
Reviewed April 20, 2013

A classic example of wonderful Italian "gravy" from the 1950's. With many relatives in Altoona, I have been eating here since boyhood, over 50yrs ago. Lena herself ran the kitchen for probably 50-60yrs until her death, then her twin sons, one of whom also passed, and now by remaining son. I always order large house salad, homemade noodles, 1 or 2 meatballs, a glass of Chianti "room temp" (yes, this is Central PA and some drink their red wine chilled), and extra sauce which is served in a saucer with spoon. Not at all a fancy place, decor is sort of like a dining room you find attached to a diner. I have always had good service, mostly by hard-working middle-age waitresses who are there to get you your food, not to become your best friend. You can take home sauce to go. It's not pre-packaged in jars, but ladeled right out of the sauce pot into a plastic quart container.

Visited April 2013
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Latrobe
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great food, not fancy”
Reviewed April 3, 2013

A wonderful family-friendly restaurant with great pasta dishes and salad. The food is consistently good. Seating is a bit tight, but this is a place where you come for the great food, not the decorations. Prices are reasonable. I would definitely recommend to a friend.

  • Visited March 2013
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