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Albero Cafe Review

The address 4811 E Central has seen it’s fair share of establishments. Formerly of the Eatery Bocconcini Italian Eatery, residents, working citizens and foodies in the area have been yearning for a restaurant to come in and sweep them off their feet………and not leave.

As of July of 2015, Albero Cafe has been the latest tenant to claim the 4811 E Central address. They have taken over since Bocconcini Italian Eatery (as reviewed here in 2011) closed down. Don’t be fooled by the name though. As it’s Italian translation “Tree” Cafe may be suggest, they don’t sell trees. Albero Cafe offers a host of Italian dishes that are sure to delight.

The building hasn’t changed much since Bocconcini closed down. The beautiful window clad building which allows you to look out on to Central remains the same. I’ve always thought it’s a great looking building and am glad not many changes were made.

Albero Cafe is open Monday – Thursday 11 am to 9 pm. Friday and Saturday from 11 am – 10 pm and then closed on Sundays.

As for the menu (which will be posted at the end of this review), if you’re looking to carb up, this is the place for you. Pasta meals, flatbreads, panini sandwiches are all offered.

A couple friends and I went in this past week to give it a try for our first time and (spoilers!) we left impressed. To start off the meal, I ordered a cup of Chicken Lemon Orzo soup. It’s similar to a chicken noodle soup and is quite appetizing despite its small size. It was very good but not sure it was worth the $4 price tag which accompanied it.

For dinner one of my friends went with the Penne Marinara with chicken, another went with the Shrimp Scampi and I did something I’ve never done at an Italian restaurant in my adult life. I ordered Spaghetti and Meatballs. Looking over at a nearby table, I saw a couple eating the spaghetti and it looked so good I had to order it.

 

The wait time for the food wasn’t long. The minute we saw the chef put our meal out on the serving station, the server had it delivered to us within seconds. Everything was fresh and still piping hot, just the way Italian food should be served.

I want to thank the random couple who ordered the spaghetti because it was divine. The huge meatballs just made me want to yell out loud in my Italian accent, “it’s so delicious”. My friend who ordered the Shrimp Scampi commented on how good the sauce was with his meal and devoured it in what felt like three minutes. To round out dinner, my other friend was very happy with his Penne Marinara and mentioned he would go again and that it was really good.

Our server was on top of everything to making sure our food was good, our drinks were filled and our needs were met. Even at one point, the chef walked from table to table to see how everyone was doing. Nice touch.

We were glad to see Albero Cafe was a top notch restaurant. Let’s hope it can last at this location.

The only disappointing part of my dinner was I left my to go container on the table. I was really looking forward to eating a portion of that for lunch. I guess it will just give me another reason to go back.

Happy Dining,
Eddy


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