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May 21, 2013 03:54 PM

Sardinian in Alhambra(!) at Caffè Italiano

This little Italian place quietly opened earlier this year in Alhambra, a town known more for Chinese cuisine than anything Mediterranean

I've been there twice and have liked everything I have had so far, especially their fried zucchini (zucchine croccanti al prosecco e menta piperita) which is perfectly fried and delicious. Pasta and risotto have been great too, and they have some very interesting Sardinian specialties as well

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  1. Are they actually open for breakfast? Have you been for breakfast?

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      I have only been for dinner, but hope to try lunch soon

      1. re: ipsedixit

        They must be open for breakfast based on this Yelp photo, but it may well be "Continental" breakfast type items only (just wondering if they serve egg/other type breakfast items too?).

        1. re: Servorg

          As far as I know, they only have pastries and coffee for breakfast

          1. re: Ernie

            From the chef info on their website, I have to hope they are making pastries and desserts in-house. If so, I'd gives those goods a try for certain.

      2. Went for dinner the other night & were seriously underwhelmed. Spousette's broccoli soup tasted like straight puréed broccoli with an unstoppable blandness that no amount of guanciale could help. She doctored it up with some of the balsamic that was on the table, but still declared it bo-ring.

        My starter was better, but burrata is hard to screw up. It came with a couple nests of roasted butternut shavings that were pretty good.

        We both had seafood pastas for our mains. Again, dull. Mine was clams, hers was a mixed seafood thing. Thought hers had better flavor but she was still bored. I felt like I was working my way through a pile of pasta; if I had cooked it myself I would be trying to figure out how to improve it.

        We don't have the kind of palates that insist on big bold flavors; quite the opposite, actually. But subtle & boring are two different things...

        Damage before tip $63. (No drinks.) We were sad thinking about how much better we've eaten for that amount.

        Leftovers tasted better next day, maybe because the flavors had a chance to soak into the pasta. (I don't like wasting food.) Still wouldn't ever go back.

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        1. re: indigirl

          "Damage before tip $63. (No drinks.) We were sad thinking about how much better we've eaten for that amount." "Still wouldn't ever go back."

          Echos my sentiments pretty much exactly. Those in the nabe are apparently appreciative, but Maccheroni Republic is nearly equidistance, and the food is about 200% more interesting. Sometimes, authenticity isn't all its cracked up to be.

          1. re: indigirl

            That is too bad, I really like their fried zuchinni and have had better luck with the pastas and salads, although I am not sure what more to expect beyond puréed broccoli in a broccoli soup.