In the Wichita community of Italian food, you often hear about the popular restaurants like DeFazio’s, Angelo’s, Bella Vita Bistro or even Mulvane’s Luciano’s. One eatery that deserves to be in the discussion is Albero Cafe. They’ve been doing their own thing since 2014 and built a very loyal following over the years. While they don’t necessarily receive the accolades many of the other restaurants do, they are in my opinion one of the best Italian spots in town.
4811 E Central Ave
Wichita, KS 67208
Monday – Tuesday: 11am – 9pm
Friday – Saturday: 11am – 10pm
Closed on Sunday
On our most recent visit to Albero Cafe, the service was once again impeccable. I’m pretty sure every time I go, a gentleman named Mike is my server. I feel like he’s been there from the beginning. Refills are always taken care of, the food comes out in a timely manner, and we never feel rushed.
For dinner, we started off with some butter pasta. This was ordered from the kids’ meal, and they brought it out early because our daughter was with us. Seriously, kids meals being brought out before the regular meals are a lifesaver.
For the adults, we ordered off of their specials menu. We had the Shrimp Sicilian and the Cajun Pasta. Don’t let the pictures fool you. The dishes were large and filling. We didn’t finish either entree and took the rest home for our next day’s lunch.
The Shrimp Sicilian consisted of shrimp, Italian sausage, olives, pepperoncini peppers, and penne pasta tossed in a house made spicy Rosa sauce. The Cajun Pasta included blackened chicken breast, roasted red peppers, pepperoncini peppers, tomatoes and penne pasta tossed in Cajun cheese sauce.
Both were incredible. The Shrimp Sicilian happens to be my favorite dish on the menu. There was such a beautiful blend of proteins that paired well together. The spicy Rosa sauce wasn’t overly spicy was extremely flavorful with a touch of heat. I think the first five minutes of our dinner was spent with me inhaling the Shrimp Sicilian dish before my brain informed me my stomach didn’t have much room left.
It was a great notice because we had to save room for dessert.
Introducing one of the tiramisu in town. It was so good, I forgot where I was for a brief second. It was rich yet airy, soft but not mushy and in one simple word…. dreamy.
As mentioned earlier, there are some great Italian restaurants in town. But before you decide which one is the best, make sure you visit all of them for a fair comparison. Add Albero Cafe to your checklist, give them a try, and let me know what you think.
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