We just ate at Tiburzi Cafe (902 S. Kenwood), and our experience was such that we just couldn't help but want them to succeed.
First, the strengths. The owners said that most of the items are homemade. The lasagna is completely homemade from a family recipe, and it was delicious. They had a homemade Italian sausage cream soup (very good), homemade meatballs and they recommended the Tiburzi pasta (we did not get these last two). Also, the owners are incredible hosts. The two brothers, Henry and Sabatino, came over and introduced themselves and chatted for a moment. They genuinely seemed to care that their patrons enjoy themselves, unlike some places where the owners just do the rounds to do the rounds. They explained that this is their first-time in the restaurant business (they had previously owned an Italian deli). Finally, the interior is warm and inviting, the prices are really reasonable (lasagna, Italian cold-cut sub, soup, calamari, and a bottle of wine for $45.00--and the portions are HUGE), and the service was great.
They also have parking at the Mercy medical center across the street at night and on the weekends.
The drawbacks? I think it probably won't be the most consistent restaurant, at least for a while. The soup was a little salty, and we ordered the calamari, which came in the ubiquitous red dipping sauce and didn't really do anything for us.
I'd really encourage people to try it. At the price, can you really get anything better? At any rate, we're rooting hard for it.
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