Would recommend this restaurant to anyone based on two main observations.
1. Charming atmosphere and superb service.
The server was attentive and very helpful. He answered all questions that I had and was overall very knowledgeable regarding the food that was being served.
2. Food far surpassed my expectations.
The dinner salad was light and refreshing and portioned to be the perfect amount where I didn't feel that I had eaten too much when I had finished while still leaving me ready for the main course.
The Lasagna was superb and came with ample supply of delicious marinara sauce. I'm told that it weighs in nearly close to a pound. I was happily able to take half of it home with me as I look forward to finishing it for dinner.
Plate presentation was excellent as well. Things looked to be placed in specific locations to make the dish more appetizing unlike other restaurants who just throw it together and serve it out.
Overall, I rather enjoyed my experience and look forward to returning in the future.
Best Chicken Parmesan and Italian Wedding Soup in Tucson. ;-)
Try it for Hot or Cold Sandwiches, Hot Italian entrees, even salads - this food rocks!
Careful, if you order the Chicken Parm sandwich... You'll start craving this place and be back again & again!
My favorite secret menu item - A Tuna Sandwich on a TOASTED roll. Trust me...
I think the food at Caruso's is great! I have never been disappointed. The house salad dressing they have is so delicious I am always asking for more bread to dip in it. I am very happy that there is a place in Tucson that has history, great food and good service!
We stopped in thinking it was an Italian deli only and were pleasantly surprised by their dinner menu. They serve handmade vegetarian ravioli-several types, including a slightly sweet squash filled pasta that contrasted nicely with the buttery, garlicky sauce. My husband had the baked ziti with plenty of handmade sausage.
The cannoli made a fine ending to the meal. We noticed the variety of cookies in the pastry case but it was the unfilled cannoli shells that caught our eye. Chocolate dipped or plain? We asked our server for both and he cheerfully brought us cannoli that were perfect- they aren't filled until the customer orders them, keeping the shell from becoming soggy.
Bread baked fresh on the premises, overhearing some funny banter between staff, great food left us wondering, why hadn't we stopped in before?
We're grateful for decent restaurants on the eastside.
I have been dining at Caffe Torino for years and have always enjoyed the food. My favorite has to be the grilled scallops with butter sauce, always cooked to perfection! Another favorite is the scollio. Allow time to relax and enjoy!
and i almost forgot they are 5 stars for everything the do
There they go again;being the best of the best in Tucson. After another 5 or so months of searching & still have not found another restaurant that can compare. Ate there 3 days in a row this week. Different waiters, different times, with different people & they still hit a home run each & every time. No, a Grand Slam! Why, because my dining companies also agree. Simonetti , Anne & Don
I ate there many times for lunch when I worked across the street. The food was always fresh and delicious. The Italian cookies were incredible as well.
Great food, great service & great coffee. Breakfeast and lunch is reasonably price.
Some of the best and most reasonabley priced italian food we have ever had. We love it and go as frequently as we can. Everything we 've tried, we loved! Best meatballs in Tucson. The Seafood Soup is phenomenal; the broth is to die for. So pleased to have Guiseppe's as our go-to place! We wish him much success and tell everyone we can about the place.
My husband and I dine out frequently. We are extremely particular in our expectations and this restaurant far exceeds them. We often find ourselves dining here on a couple nights throughout our week. We also LOVE their italian breakfasts & lunch dishes! Cafe Torino is a wonderful neighborhood restaurant with an intimate feel. The owner is "hands on" and frequently visits with her guests when not in the kitchen. The food is absolutely exceptional. The pasta is all homemade, each morning ,and the menu offers many northern italian authentic selections as well as rotating specials. I have impressed many by bringing them to this little gem. For breakfast, lunch or dinner...it is one to not miss!
Been going there for 50 years. Joe's special and the sausage meat pizza, way over the top! Chef Alesi was the best, God rest his soul.
consistently good piping hot food. Eggplant Parmesan and Joe's special spaghetti both great and the tiramatsu is the best I've had.
I've been fortunate enough to have eaten at Amereno's Little Italy at their old location and the new one and have never been disappointed by the food, service or atmosphere! The Grant Road location is beautifully decorated and the food is as good as ever! I had a bunch of friend's meet me for happy hour recently and thy all raved about the food! The special was seafood in cream sauce with an abundance of fresh seafood the sauce was creamy and velvety! Our server grated cheese at the table for those who wanted some, I didn't ask what kind of cheese it was but it wasn't from a can! The pasta was al-dente and priced right! The clams and mussels are fresh and not over cooked! Great wine list and friendly servers! What more could you ask for? I would (and have) recommended Amereno's for really good authentic Italian food!
Roma is a hidden gem that offers a diverse lunch menu as well as fresh deli items, frozen Italian foods such as lasagnes, sausages and raviolis, and a variety of Italian grocery items. Everything we have even had at Roma is excellent and they also do catering. Highly recommended!! Location is funky (behind Cox building off of Campbell), but once you find it you will keep going back.
Eat here! Service was excellent. Very attentive and quick. Bread warm and crunchy-Spicy shrimp appetizer just spicy enough; should have had an even number of shrimp because we shared. Nice sauce. Both of us had salads with dinner; creamy Grogonzola dressing jammed with nice cheese chunks. He had the shrimp special: excellent, cheese melted on a pasta dish and very creamy. I had linguine aglio e olio: lots and lots of garlic, just the way I like it. Romano cheese grated over all, who needs Parmesan? Good wine specials too. I like this place and Jewell can get her Parmesan somewhere else if she can't live without it! ps good music though I wanted more opera!
Best homemade Italian food I have ever had!!! Friendly owners that come out and greet you and make you feel like family! Wonderful environment that also makes you feel like you are in a little Caffe in Italy! I love this Resturant!
I can not tell you how great this restaurant is! I had the Polla Russo and found myself not wanting to finish the dish just so I could have same later. WOW, I am very particular and feel that every part of this restaurant was absolutely fabulous! Can not wait to return!
When I eat at Contessa Cafe I am taken back to my Noni's table in Le Scotte Seina Itlay. On one visit I had egg plant lasagna that was so delicious that I wanted to eat nothing but it. I relented and had baked ziti also very, very good. I've only had their canoli's for dessert so I can't comment personally about the rest of the desserts but my husband loved the cheese cake. The food here isn't processed and is homestyle and may not win awards for most creative cooking around, but for those of us who are Italian, sticking to the traditional way of fixing something is best and Contessa sticks with what is best. Were I able to, I would eat here every day, or at least often. You should too.
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3280 E. Hemisphere Loop, Suite 180, Tucson AZ 85706 |
P.O. Box 27087, Tucson AZ 85726-7087 |
(520) 294-1200 |
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