About Cinque Terre Italian Restaurant
Where the Mediterranean Sea meets the shore, In Italy, lies Cinque Terre, or "Five Villages".
Gifted Italian-born Chef Aldo Marcon honed his skills in his grandma’s kitchen pretending he was the "Amaretto Cookie Chef". Wowing his way through many notable kitchens like the well-known Cafe Fiorello in Manhattan, he eventually moved to New Orleans, where he cooked alongside such famed chefs as Emeril Lagasse and Mario Batali.
The menu offers SIMPLE FOOD MADE WITH LOVE. Imported cheeses, cured meats, homemade pasta, superior cuts of fish and fresh seafood. The Wild Octopus is poached, pan seared and finished in a to die for garlic-herb sauce and Grandma’s Meatballs are simmered in an unforgettable Pomodoro Sauce. Homemade Fettuccine, Tagliolini, Squid Ink Tagliolini, and Pear & Pecorino Romano Cheese Ravioli comprise some of the succulent seafood specialties.
Chef Marcon is a student to his guests, but full of surprises that please them!
Hours of Operation:
Saturday & Sunday 11am-3pm
$30 and under
Invite the guest we do the rest!
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Cinque Terre Italian Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
The food is good, the service is good an ...
The food is good, the service is good and the restaurant is attractive.
They have weekday specials for $16 - 25 that include an appetizer and a small dessert. We worth the price. They have a happy hour before 7 that includes $4 glasses of wine. Perhaps they could offer some more variety - a Riesling, for instance.
This restaurant is a 20 minute drive for us, so it has to be worth the drive, and it is.
Great ambiance in a small neighborhood r ...
Great ambiance in a small neighborhood restaurant. It is not your traditional Italian place, but they have great homemade pasta. It wasn't busy on a weeknight and they have three course dinner specials Monday through Thursday, which are a good value. The only criticism I have is the bread they serve. Not up to par for a good restaurant.
This is my third and final time dining h ...
This is my third and final time dining here! Due to great reviews I first came and thought the pasta and burrata were exceptional, although the service was abismil. Their theory is that you have no assigned waiter or waitress, but everybody shares on waiting on all the tables, unfortunately nobody shared on waiting on ours. On my second visit, the food was also good, but again not great service. Last night not only was the service slow and uneven ( The table next to ours, who came in well after we did, got their appetizer, the same as ours, before us) but the food that I had was not very good and the mussels smelled fishy. Sorry, but I will not be returning.
Went for the first time - Thursday eveni ...
Went for the first time - Thursday evening. It was entertainment night with a vocalist on a keyboard - thought she was very good. Octopus was terrific; so was the salmon and salad; thought the meatballs just OK. Pleasant service...will be going back to try their home made pasta.
This place defines "neighborhood gem". F ...
This place defines "neighborhood gem". Fresh sauces and pasta, a great bargain three course menu Monday-Thursday. I usually wind up ordering whatever the pasta of the day is, and it always turns out to be a wise choice.
I luckily found Cinque Terre on a search ...
I luckily found Cinque Terre on a search for Italian Restaurants search on google maps. Reviews seemed positive and menu looked great. Had family in town and wanted a nice Italian meal. Nice is a huge understatement. Everybodies meal was superb. I personally had the chicken marsala. 5 stars for that dish. Our servers were attentive and knowledgeable. Its been a few days out now and everyone wants to go back when their cruise arrives in port.
Had a reservation at 7pm. Arrived at 6:5 ...
Had a reservation at 7pm. Arrived at 6:59. Got seated about 7:05. Did not receive a visit from the server until 7:15. Noticed happy hour drink pricing was until 7. Asked for the happy hour pricing we were told no it was too late. I believe it was the owner who indicated this.
I put on the notes it was an anniversary..it was never acknowledged. I ordered grilled salmon..no sauce.. Medium cooked. It was well done and had no flavor.
We had several different people wait on us....it felt like an afterthought.
For a local restaurant I felt disappointed. It was not overly customer service friendly and the food was less than adequate for the price.
Pleasant Surprise, Great Food!
From the moment we walked in we knew we were in for a treat. The friendly staff and manager were great. We ordered off the specials menu and both meals were amazing! The wine list is a bit pricey; but the wine we ordered was delicious. The meal was complete with a complimentary chocolate martini shooter. Perfect end to a perfect meal. We will be back with friends.
Fresh Pasta and Jazz...Bravo!
I was surprising my husband with dinner and a jazz concert at nearby Miniaci PAC for his birthday. The service, our meals (ink linguini w/ shrimp, spinach ricotta fresh ravioli plus organic wine and bread pudding) and overhead music was perfect. I only wish we could have thanked Chef Aldo Marcon in person but left a message. It was also great seeing Carlos, an old friend and excellent server from a past restaurant. The music selection complimented the entire experience and I've already recommended Cinque Terre and look forward to our next visit!
Different Italian Food Experience
We've dined at Cinque Terre three times since a friend recommended it and have not been disappointed. The menu is interesting, not your standard Italian fare. We especially enjoyed the octopus appetizer and the squid ink ravioli. The menu is not huge, but there is a good variety of entree choices.
learned of this via our community newspa ...
learned of this via our community newspaper. made a resvtn last minute for 6:30 onSat night. was basically empty when we arrived, and filled to capacity when we left. the eggplant parm apptzer (can also be a main course) was to die for. I had the shrimp penne vodka that was wonderful, and my husband had fettuccine alfredo that was very good..not Princess Cruise cuisine, (that's his standard of comparison) but very good he said.
They have weeknight specials that we will def. take part in. Will return absolutely. Lots of seating, roomy, music was festive; offered linen napkins.
Good Neighborhood Gem
This restaurant is tucked away in a shopping center near Nova Southeastern University. Its friendly wait staff and willingness to change cooking methods/ingredients as you request them is outstanding.
The only drawback is noise level. The Sunday night we ate there, there were two large parties and music. After one party left, the noise was tolerable. On another occasion, we found ourselves shouting to be heard. With tile and glass, and no sound-absorbing acoustical help, dining here is hit or miss. The owners may think it adds to the vibe, but we prefer quieter surroundings. Shouting to compete with voices and music does not make for a pleasant experience.
We've eaten here at least four times and the food has us coming back. If only they would do something about that darned noise level...
We are frequent diners at Cinque Terre because it is excellent. The food is always great. Our favorites are the homemade pasta dishes. There are alway interesting specials and delicious appetizers and salads. This trip we took our family who were visiting form out of town. They were very impressed with the delicious food and warm attentive service. We are big fans of Cinque Terre!
Great find in a strip shopping center. We went on a Thursday evening. Monday-Thursday they offer a 3 course prix fixe dinner. There are 3 price options - $15; $18 & $25. You basically get the appetizer & dessert for free.
The portions were generous & well prepared. The service was attentive. The chef is Italian & takes great pride in his creations.
There is live entertainment on Thursday night. The singer was pleasant & you could still carry on a conversation.
We will return.
Ok and inexepensive
The reviews led me to believe this was a real find, and as I have visited Cinque Terre in Italy maybe my expectations were too high! As Cinque Terre is part of the pasta pesto region, I also expected, at least, one pasta pesto dish on the menu to find NONE. I ordered pasta with garlic, cherry tomatoes and shrimp. The garlic was nonexistent. The three shrimp were fresh as was the dish. But, after putting salt, pepper and parmesan cheese it didn't help at all. My boyfriend ordered a bolognese pasta sauce which he said was good. But the meatball appetizer was a little on the dry side. He thought the waitress was new as she didn't ask us the typical restaurant questions. Such as how was our meal, did we need anything, etc. Two entrees plus appetizer and no drinks plus tip came to 43.00. I wouldn't go back again. (Friday, March 25 7pm)
We went on thursday for happy hour and e ...
We went on thursday for happy hour and early dinner. Gigitinis were delicious and refreshing, with a little kick from the habanero vodka. We had the dinner specials, those were also delicious and in the perfect size. I had the spinach salad with goat cheese and the shrimp penne pasta with a light vodka sauce. My hubby had the meatballs and a tricolor gnocchi with meat sauce. Excelente!
It was just ok. Service was good, but it ...
It was just ok. Service was good, but it could've been better given there were only four tables occupied. The food was sub par. We didn't even finish our meals. The beef and fish had no flavor or seasoning; they were swimming in sauces though, providing the only flavor of the meal. The mixed veggies were actually fresh, but they were a bit over-cooked, maybe reheated, without much taste. We won't be back.
Delicious in Davie
After reading OT reviews we tried this place. Cute restaurant in strip mall . Wonderful food. God service. Baca entree excellent..3 course dinner M-T.. music on Thur. Great value.. loved spinach salad and bread pudding dessert. Would go back
Cinque Terre: Local charm and cuisine
Getting the bad stuff out of the way: They lost my reservation. I am not sure if it had anything to do with writing a request for a combination of food items on the menu that otherwise were separate. In any case, my request was not addressed. Too bad.
The good stuff: There was an open table! The service was outstanding through out the meal. In fact, several people tended the table. Bread and olive oil preceded the meal. Very good. We also had a Caesar salad, and several meatballs as appetizers. I had a seafood and hand made pasta. Clams and shrimp. The portion was good, but, more seafood next time, please. We had desert. We had a lemoncello pie and canolis. Delicious. Oh, also had two glasses of wine. Very good. The bill was a titch high. Ambiance was pleasant. Not noisy. Plus, music was played. A plus!
Always a Geat Dining Experience
Delicious, warm, friendly, efficient service. Dine here often, never disappointed in homemade pasta and sauces. Always a great selection of specials and week day special dinners at greatly reduced prices. We LOVE Cinque Terre.
Great food. Don't don't order the meatballs.
The octopus appetizer was "the best octopus I've ever had," according to my friend. Chicken was excellent. Fish was delicious. Food was great. Service was OK. Just don't order the meatballs. Truly the worst meatballs any of us had ever tasted. I'd go back.
From the friendly waitress and staff to the attention to detail to the incredibly tasty cuisine inspired by northern Italy - this restaurant is a true gem. The only drawback is the loud sound - there is no muffling liked carpeting or soundboards to dull the clatter.
Food was bland! Service was a disaster. ...
Food was bland! Service was a disaster. Young,inexperienced server never asked if we needed anything. Asked for iced tea multiple times and check multiple times. There was one man who I suspect was the owner never asked us anything. Won't be going back
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