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Cafe Citti (Kenwood) - Review

Eat_Nopal | May 1, 200803:39 PM

Not a lot posted about this little gem... I learned about it from a neighbor... its an unassuming Brooklyn style Italian Deli (as far as I understand... the Italian Deli concept was really born here in the States)... as such it intertwines some traditional Italian casual fare (like Paninis etc.,) with more Italian-American food such as cold Pasta salads etc... as well as some combinations that are more in line with California / Wine Country interpreations of Meditteranean cooking.

Prices are decent... and while the menu is probably larger than it should be, and they do carry some rather pedestrian and/or mediocre stuff... there is alot of good stuff to be found here, and a strong focus on key ingredients (like the bread used in sandwiches).

Today I had the Calamari Steak sandwich (a rotating special)... and it was great. The focacia was fresh & a perfect foil for fried stuff... the Calamari was as exquisitely tender as Squid gets... with a very thin layer of non-greasy batter.... tomatoes, lettuce etc., were all fine... the only other thing distinguising from an excellent version of an American Southern chicken sandwich is the very garlicky aioli.... maybe a tad too garlicky for the delicate Squid... but overall I was happy to not be given a squeeze bottle of Kraft, Heinz & Grey Poupon as happens way too often at sandwich shops.

SO had the Prosciutto with Homemade Mozarrella... the cheese was very good... the Prosciutto was eh... pedestrian... it had no hope of standing out among the bread & cheese.

The baby liked her Rigatoni & Vegetable salad... it was decent but no anything I would order for myself

Given the demographics of the area... there isn't much more you can ask of this place... they do a pretty good job of straddling the line between the Retiree palette and offering something a little more interesting like the Bistecca di Calamar.

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