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“Excellent Italian”

Stefano's Italian Cafe
Ranked #6 of 90 Restaurants in Middletown
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Delicatessen, Italian
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Monroe
Description: Stefano's is THE place to go for authentic Italian in historic Middletown.
Centerville, Ohio
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“Excellent Italian”
Reviewed September 18, 2011

Stefano's Italian Cafe is a short drive from our Centerville home, and may be a weekend destination or a planned stop as we head south on I-75. It seems that Stefano's Italian Cafe does an excellent take-out and pizza take-out business.

The pastas are simple Italian fare, and we recommend selecting any pasta and ordering the Bolognese sauce. While crab cakes do not appear on the menu, observant diners may order real crab crabcakes on the weekends. Very often there will be featured specials.

The wait staff is nicely trained, and enjoy a glass of wine with the pre-dinner conversation.
This is not fast food Italian. Each dinner is prepared to order.

Stefano's Italian Cafe offers a nice wine and beer selection. We prefer to be seated in the dining room away from the bar traffic. Stefano's Italian Cafe is a well-established restaurant with a dedicated local clientele.

  • Visited December 2010
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West Chester, Ohio
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“A TOUCH OF EUROPE”
Reviewed September 7, 2011

Rare in SW Ohio, very pleasant street-side tables and wonderful food, common in Europe but rare here. The pleasant and knowledgeable staff know how to communicate the good things on the menu and make your visit a memorable one. We've been here a dozen time over five years and like it more each time. Outside best; inside pleasant.
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  • Visited August 2011
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“A little of the North End or North Beach in the middle of Ohio”
Reviewed August 23, 2011

The food was delicious! You must try the homemade garlic sweet and sour dressing on your salad. We were dropping our son off at college and came across Stefano's. We called from the hotel and were provided excellent directions. We received great personal service from Steve and Tony they took excellent care of us. We started with a Bruschetta which was perfectly done. I had the Pork Tenderloin special and special it was. My daughter had the veal Picata and raved about it. My only complaint is we had no room left for dessert!

  • Visited August 2011
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Middletown, Ohio
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“We really enjoyed the food and the atmosphere”
Reviewed January 29, 2011

The pizza was good, the service was great and it was a relaxing environment (no screaming kids). We'll be going back.

  • Visited January 2011
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Authentic northern Italian restaurant with personalized service.”
Reviewed August 23, 2010

We love the variety of food at this restaurant. The basic dishes are consistently above average--including spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna, ravioli, etc. But they really excel with the special entrees such as chicken cutlet milanese, veal piccata or veal marsala. The nightly specials are also well done and reminiscent of dishes we have been served in Italy, for example the Fruitti di Mare, a seafood dish with red sauce over spaghetti. The house-made sweet and sour garlic salad dressing is worth a visit in itself--heavily laden with garlic and a sweet and sour base. We highly recommend this restaurant.

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