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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!
Davie, FL 33324
Italian, Mediterranean, Lounge
Hours of Operation:
Saturday & Sunday 11:30am-3pm
University Drive, the Nova Plaza
$30 and under
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Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Cinque Terre Italian Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
On this day, family run, seemed to include having a baby and young child child of the staff being cared for on site. We love children, but this evening presented too much family. Perhaps it was a special occasion for them, as well. As noted, food and service were very good and we plan to return.
We went back after not being in for over half a year. Remembered that the food was good and we needed someplace close. Sorry we went.
After making a reservation we arrived to be told to seat ourselves anywhere. Fine.
Was approached with menus and drink orders taken, bottle of wine and a coffee. Wine arrived and bottle set on the table. Server said she'd get a bucket so wine could be kept chilled. Never happened.
After 20 minutes I finally had to get up to see if someone- anyone would take our order. Particularly frustrating since two tables that seated after us were already being served bread and appetizers.
Orders placed and food finally arrived - now 45 minutes into evening. Food was ........adequate. Black pasta with shrimp was plebeian. Everyone has done it and this was not that special in flavor, presentation or quality. Salmon dish was over cooked and actually bland. Third guest had mussels and a salad. Mussels were tough and sauce was overpowering in spices. Dessert orders placed, again after a long wait for service. Finally had to get up to ask for desserts to go since the oldest member of the group could not tolerate sitting in hard chair any longer - now closing in on two hours. Desserts were a bread pudding and their cannoli. Both at $8. Bread pudding bland and gummy. Cannoli -3 mini bites- were a disgrace.
In all, I wouldn't go back again. I loved them when they opened. The food quality was good, there was an enthusiasm and pride about the menu and experience. No longer. It is essentially an overpriced diner atmosphere with average food, overinflated prices and subpar service.
Went from previous experience, greatly disappointed. Had changed hands. Web menu was extremely different. Waiter said they couldn't get website changed....My veal Milanese was full of grissile, grossly large and heavily breaded. Being gluten intolerant, I asked waiter if the breading was light. He said yes. Lamb of friend was tasty but chewy. Vegetables were OK. I have had better at many other So called upscale Italian restaurants. Sorry, but true. Outside of restaurant was unkempt.
We are never disappointed at Cinque Terre. Their food remains consistently very good. During the week (Mon - Thur) they have a special menu of a complete meal ranging from $17 to $25. I had the meatball appetizer and it was great. I then had the short ribs over linguini. It is a very good dish that I think would be better by offering a choice of pasta. If you eat before 7 they have a happy hour with glasses of wine for $5. And they have good choices of wine at that price.
For dessert we had a choice of ice cream or pastry. All very good.
Although the service is usually top notch, our service this night was poor. Our waitress had a problem visiting us.
Have been to this restaurant several times before and stopped going due to poor service. Decided to try again and almost a year. They don't assign any person to a table, everyone is supposed to help, but they all keep walking past your table when you have empty glasses etc.
in addition to this frustration, where you always have to call someone over, my fettuccini bolognese had hardly any bolognese sauce, which I did not realize until I started eating. When I asked for a little more I was told there is a $2 up charge.
I said nothing and just paid by bill and left. I wish them well but I will NEVER return.
This is about the third time we have eaten here. We are returning to Florida and find it not like it was in 2002 when we left. We want to try and reestablish 'favorite' places. Cingue Terre has never disappointed us and is quickly becoming our favorite restaurant. I lived in Italy some years ago and this is as authentic as one can get here in America. Homey and just down right good food. Not pretentious. The service is great and the Host makes you feel at home. Our only suggestion is to alert the diner to foods that are creamy - some of us have lactose issues! But the dish was so good, I could not leave it. Really a very nice, homey, welcoming and authentic restaurant.
This restaurant is set in a plaza; however, one should not be fooled by plaza setting. Inside is a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The food here is simply outstanding. The Alfredo Saffron and Shrimp Black Pasta is a 5 star dish. It's one of the best dishes my wife has had. The Chicken Piccata Spaghetti with a lemon butter sauce was delicious; however the only reason for not giving this dish 5 stars is that the lemon flavor came primarily from the capers (of which there weren't enough). We shared a Caesar Salad which was fresh and lightly dressed. Overall, an excellent meal. Next time we are in the Fort Lauderdale/Plantation area, we would definitely return to this restaurant.
First time and last time visit . Service the waiter ranted and raved how we made a great choice coming here. Recommended chefs specials along with other dishes . Some tried the special 4 under cooked ravioli stuffed with crab meat 2 or 3 over cooked shrimp a few calamari's $ 28.00
Some tried other dishes 6 people all together out of the 6 one meal was red trout $ 26.00 I think about that price wasn't to bad . NOT once did someone come by our table Not only to asked if we needed anything like water our glasses were all empty . Not once did anyone come by and asked how our food was . When we finally got the waiter and told him you would think someone would come over and offer an apology or comp a desert . NOPE this place was nosier then some concerts I've been too. The bare concrete floors and the dangling lights due nothing for decorations . I give it a thumbs down . Don't waste your money maybe they'll get the hint something is not right .
Shortly after we arrived a group of 45 showed up. The place quickly became very crowded and we worried that we would never get waited on or see our food. We were wrong. The service was great. The food came when it should.
Bottles of wine were half price when we were there (Friday). We looked at the list and did not recognize several bottles. We asked the waitress if anyone knew the wine, and soon someone who could have been the owner, came and explained the different wines. At half off, the wine was a good value. Were it not half off, the wine list is too expensive and does not have any inexpensive wines, nor not much variety among the whites.
The food was very good. We shared an appetizer of meatballs and they were great. I then have the short ribs on pasta and it was very good. My wife had chicken picatta, which she loved.
Cannot believe we have never found this wonderful neighborhood gem so close to our home. So excited for Open Table to lead me to this excellent restaurant. The owner was fabulous, along with the delicious food. I love that we can bring in our own wine and enjoy their delicious creations. We will be back many times.
Our first visit to cinque terra was on Valentine's Day and was a pleasant surprise. We were seated promptly and provided with water and bread sticks. The Ceasar salads were fresh and large. Our entrees were cooked to order and delicious. We will definitely return to this neighborhood jewel and sample more of their Italian food.
We went for dinner for an early Valentine's Day celebration. We had never heard anything about the restaurant and decided to take a chance. We were seated quickly and given menus and a wine list. We decided to have a drink and our waiter came over and took our order. After we waited about 15 minutes, we had to ask another server for our drinks. We were told they were almost ready. Finally, 5 minutes later we had them. Our server came over and told us about the specials and asked if we were ready to order. We did and ordered appetizers as well. The appetizers came out quickly and were delicious. I recommend the meatballs. Other servers came over to help clear our table. When our food was ready, there were several servers who brought it to us. They were all very friendly and helpful. Our server, however, seemed to have disappeared. We saw him walking around the dining room, but never came over to ask if we needed anything or to see how we were doing. I recommend the food, but beware of the service.
The food was good. The service was okay was waiting for my doggie bag it never came. Do not sit towards the back where the restrooms are the hustle and bustle of them toasting the bread picking up dishes so much confusion not relaxing. The Groupon was worth it. Would try it again but not soon
It was the best Italian Restaurant that we've been too in a while. The food was well presented and tasty, the decor was a combination between modern and classic. The atmosphere was great with an excellent array of tasteful music that was not to load allowing for easy conversation. We will definitely recommend it to friends and visit we will become regulars.
I liked the fact that I could order the wild caught salmon and an organic wine
My Italian husband wanted to try the home made pasta and he gave it a thumbs up
Still, overall, we felt that the ambiance lacked a genuinely Italian exuberance which is specific to authentic restaurants run by passionately dedicated Italians or Italian loving personal
Cinque Terre has become one of my favorite dinner spots. They have an extended happy hour and 3 course dinner menu during the week, live music on some Thursdays and Wine down Wednesdays. The food is always so fresh and delicious. The staff is genuinely warm and welcoming. This time we shared a delicious sangria that complemented the delicious meal. I love to go there!
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 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 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 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.
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.
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