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Cafe Venezia

I love discovering new and/or new to me places to eat. Around the holidays I went to Cafe Venezia for the first time with my family though my parents had gone a few weeks earlier for a holiday dinner with their friends. They raved about it so we went for a pre- New Year’s dinner. According to the restaurant’s Facebook page they recently celebrated their one-year anniversary so it is still sorta new-ish. Anyway, Cafe Venezia is a small, family owned Italian restaurant in Martinsville, NJ and the atmosphere, staff, and owners are so welcoming and friendly. That combined with the excellent food has made this a restaurant that will stay in my rotation!

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For appetizers we ordered the Calamari Venezia – fried calamari with homemade ginger balsamic reduction with hot cherry peppers and sweet sausage; Mozzarella in Carroza – slices of mozzarella & Italian bread rolled in parmesan cheese batter and fried; and a Seafood Appetizer Special which I forget what was in it since it wasn’t on the menu but it was delicious!

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For my entree I ordered the Ravioli alla Nicole – homemade cheese ravioli, ham, and asparagus tips in a white cream sauce. This dish was so good and not too heavy at all. I love cream sauces but not when it’s too heavy and makes you feel stuffed, so this white cream sauce was fantastic since it’s so light.

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I’ve talked about it before but if Tartufo is on a menu there’s a 99% chance I’ll order it. I know it’s essentially ice cream and a chocolate shell but I can’t resist!

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A delicious meal and I look forward to going back!

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