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“Small hideaway with outstanding food!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cafe Italia

Cafe Italia
Ranked #55 of 1,526 Restaurants in El Paso
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: An excellent, romantic tiny restaurant with great food.
el paso, tx
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33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Small hideaway with outstanding food!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2012

Cafe Italia is an unexpected treat. This unassuming small Italian bistro turned out to be a pleasant surprise, with wood burning pizzas and homemade mozzarella cheese. No alcoholic beverages are served, but you are encouraged to bring your own wine or favorite drink. The portions are generous, the salad was outstanding, and the "Marguerita" pizza we shared was delicious. This restaurant deserves my highest rating for good service and taste (and presentation) of food! However, the location, ambiance, and lack of wine were slight negatives. Try it for lunch or a weeknight dinner....there is no sitting area if there is a wait.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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English first
Alabama
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109 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“So Delicious! Hidden Jewel in El Paso!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2012

I am never disappointed with Cafe Italia. The food and service is always great. The food is absolutely delicious. They have the best wood-fired pizzas in town. When you go - be sure to order the Panne Rustico appetizer with prosciutto, rustic bread, salami, goat cheese, walnuts and pears! It is so tasty! I could eat it all night. On my most recent visit we ordered the Panne Rustico and also had a pizza with half "Smoked" and half "Gracie's." Both were great. You can just tell they use good quality, fresh ingredients. The Smoked pizza is one of my favorites with sweet red and yellow peppers and delicious sausage. Yum.

The atmosphere is casual but nice. The service is good and a great plus is that you can bring your own wine!! They only charge a $5 corkage fee.

One drawback to Cafe Italia is that it is a small restaurant. You have to get there early, because it gets quite busy. Oh, and the other thing I was disappointed in on this recent visit was that they only offered one choice for dessert, basically a big calzone filled with Nutella. After such a large filling meal I couldn't imagine trying to down that. I wish they would have had some other not so large dessert choices. In the past they had some really good seasonal choices like a pumpkin mousse or custard...Overall I would definitely recommend this restaurant, and I consider it one of my favorites in El Paso.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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