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Tivoli Cafe in Pacific Palisades

J_in_CC | Dec 30, 200411:50 PM


Today I had lunch at a little Italian restaurant in Pacific Palisades. When I first reviewed the lunch menu, I wasn't that impressed because it was mainly sandwiches, salads, and pizzas. The waiter came by to take our drink order and tell us the specials. The special were a corn puree soup and a variety of pasta such as vermicelli, and a couple others I don't recall. The waiter said that they could prepare it anyway we wish.

I didn't really know the options so I chose the Vesuviano Calzone (sweet italian sausage, salami, ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce). My father had the abacchio (lamb sandwich, I believe) and my mother had an avocado chicken sandwich.

We munched on some good bread with a vinegar/oil dipping sauce. The bread was of high quality. A good sign. I was pleasantly surprise when I food came. The sandwiches looked like they were an excellent bread. My calzone looked scrumptious. It was a thin crust calzone filled, but not overstuffed. The crust was great. I was also happy to see that it wasn't a pool of cheese. It had just the right amount of cheese, plenty of sweet italian sausages and salami. I requested more marinara sauce because I don't think calzones should be eaten without a good amount of sauce. I'm all about the sauce. :)

It took a little bit of effort to polish off the calzone, but it was well worth it. I'm not a huge eater, but I do like to eat.

The restaurant had bottles of wine all along the walls of the restaurant. They were grouped by the type of wine. I was pleasantly surprised that I recognized some of them and I'm not wine conoisseur. The ones I did recognize were good ones. My father knows more about wine and he pointed out some other wines and said they were excellent. He commented that the clientele (Palisadian) would know about wine due to their affluence so I'm not surprised.

Overall, I'd recommend the restaurant for lunch. I haven't had dinner their yet, but I am looking forward to it.

Costs: ~$8-9 per item. ~$36 for three which included a coke and iced tea

Cheers and bon appetito

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