In preparation for my husband's birthday trip to Saint Augustine, I decided to take him to this restaurant as it was highly rated on TripAdvisor. We found out our hotel was a good 30 minutes away, but decided to make the trek anyway. AND it was SOOO worth it! Upon arriving, I realized how small the restaurant truly was. Shaped like an "A," it held about 25 guests on the inside. We arrived around 645 and by 7 the owners had to turn guests away as it was so crowed and raining (so outside seating was not available). The restaurant left like we were in the owners' own dining/living room as it was very intimate and decorated like a home. All food was prepared by order with nothing pre-made. The dining experience took about 2 hours as we ordered and split a Cesar Salad, The soup of the day, Pasta and Meatballs, and a slice of Chocolate cake. This was by far the best Italian meal we have ever had (and we eat a lot of Italian). The dinner and wine menu is extensive. The spiral spaghetti we ordered was cooked perfectly al dente, topped with a giant meat ball, homemade sauce, parmesan and a dollop of ricotta. The owners spoke to us more than a few times and inquired "how do you like my cake?" (AND of course we did! It was scrumptious!) It was a truly magical, Italian, home-cooked meal that exceeded our expectations. I would HIGHLY recommend this place to anyone visiting Saint Augustine, but be sure to arrive before 7 or call ahead so you can get a seat! When we return to Saint Augustine we will definitely be returning to Casa Benedetto's.
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