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Jan 2, 2008 09:26 AM

Cafe Italia on Huntington

This may be old news, but Cafe Italia, 748 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115, (617) 232-7353, finally opened last Wednesday. I just called, and they said they'd be open during the week(M-Th) approximately 11AM-10:30PM and till 11PM on Fridays & Saturdays(closed Sundays). They have a wine & beer license. Really great to have a new place to try in the Longwood area.

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  1. Is this the same Cafe Italia from Eastie?

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      1. re: Taralli

        I grabbed some takeout menus, it's about $2 more for dinner and they only have the paninis at lunch. Those run about $6-8, pastas about $8 and $10-14 at dinner. Casual choice of pasta w/ a sauce at lunch and a little more interesting at dinner. Some good looking things. Cute place, nice girl working there.

    1. I wonder if they can clone their coffee-pulling talent. The original in Eastie makes maybe the best cup of espresso I've ever had in the Boston area.

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      1. re: MC Slim JB

        Thanks for letting the secret out, MC. ;-b

        1. re: hiddenboston

          I hadn't really caught onto this place until I met a friend of a friend of a friend who is a Caffe Italia family member, grew up working there, and boasted about the espresso machine. It takes more than just a good machine, of course, and their barrista (I can imagine him flinching at that term) is very skilled.

          I imagine those card games with the old Italian neighborhood guys are a good way to get fleeced in a hurry.

      2. 11:45am, stopped by to check out the menu today. Lovely, warm décor with stone-tiled floor, ornate design ceramic tile wainscoting with faux mahogany wood paneling to ceiling on the right long wall & some sort of shiny green treatment on the left. Small faux matching wood bar w/tile insets in front of the kitchen doubles as the order counter. As you come in, there is a floor to ceiling green tapestry drape to shield diners from the blast of cold air. Same drapes cover the kitchen doorway behind the counter. A few framed prints of Italian scenes dot the walls and 2 copper-rimmed, round Roman numeral clocks hang above one another – Rome time on top, Boston on bottom. The few tables, 4’s and deuces are spaced well w/a couple occupied by friends of the owners today. Lovely young woman took my order and ?Tony, owner, came out and said “hello”. Menu: 14 paninis, 6 salads, 12 pastas, 4 grill items. I had the roasted pork w/roasted eggplant & garlic on a soft, crispy 12”long Italian roll. Several thin tasty slices of roast pork and grill-marked, roasted eggplant, but this as freezing cold as it was outside today. Eggplant, itself, needs to be better seasoned & brought up to, at least, room-temp. Sigh, I did not detect any roasted garlic, & this may have made the difference. Also detected some specks of fresh parsley & ?oregano on inside of the roll. This was a generous-sized panini – enough for 2 meals for me, which I'll season when I get home. Friendly young woman at counter had place covered & said local docs calling in take out orders. I will definitely be back to try other items & plan to take up 12 table seats for a spec’l lunch if they’ll take a reservation.

          1. Someone just stopped by & said the grates are down, phone is disconnected, & it looks like this new location has closed.

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            1. re: Taralli

              I noticed it looked kind of dark Mon. after work but thought maybe it was a Mon. thing. Wow, that was quick if indeed it's done.

              1. re: Taralli

                Yep - also, the banner with the name is gone! They lasted just over 3 months, and closed less than 2 weeks after the Globe review. That's a shame.