Wow! What a fantastic experience we had at Paul Manno's Cafe! You completely forget that you're in a strip-mall, and I half expected to see Sammy, Deano, or Frankie walk in the front door! The food was phenomenal, the service impeccable, and we even had a local celebrity sighting! Joe Buck, Dan Dierdorff, and Keith Tkachuk all came in about 45 minutes after we arrived. We were treated like family as soon as we walked in the door, and Paul Jr. was holding court in the dining room.\r
The atmosphere is warm, intimate, and friendly. Service was impeccable! The specials during our visit were grouper, sea bass, lasagna, or linguine with little neck clams. The wine list was long and expensive, so if you plan to drink, be prepared. \r
I started with the tortelloni in brodo, a nicely spiced tomato broth with capers and parmesan cheese. The pasta fagioli, enjoyed by my father-in-law, was thick and hearty, wonderful! I had a tough time choosing an entree, but finally settled on vitello (veal) saltimbocca. 3 thinly sliced, perfectly cooked veal filets in a delicious sauce, with prosciutto, sage, and fontina cheese. All entrees come with a side of pasta in either tomato sauce, meat sauce, or garlic and butter. I chose garlic and butter, and was extremely pleased. Others at our table enjoyed penne alla vodka, seared scallops, and the stuffed chicken with breadcrumbs, prosciutto, mushrooms, and mozzarella.\r
For dessert we had tiramisu, which was the best I've ever had. The Italian cheesecake was delicious, and creative in its presentation. The cheesecake was sandwiched between 2 thin layers of white cake. Both desserts were garnished with fresh strawberries.\r
Our bill averaged out to $50 per person, but that included a bottle of very nice Chianti. For the quality of food, as well as the atmosphere and service, I would consider the price to be well-deserved. Excellent choice for an anniversary or other special occasion! We WILL be back!
Pros: Atmosphere, service, food