Happy Mother’s Day! Italian Cuisine at Cafe Carolina in the San Fernando Valley.
My brother chose the restaurant for our Mother’s Day celebration. Cafe Carolina (pronounced Caroleeeeena) is a small Italian restaurant on Ventura Blvd. that we’ve driven past but never tried until last night. We had an early reservation at 6pm and by the time we finished the restaurant was full. Everyone was celebrating Mother’s Day and the atmosphere was festive.
The decor is simple “no frills”, nice-casual, with art-for-sale on the walls by a local artist.
On the menu: I enjoyed the Bread with red sauce, Bruschetta, Lasagna (with meat), Tiramisu and a Cream Soda. We also tried the Ravioli and Linguine specials, a Caesar salad, Rigatoni with meat sauce, red/white wine and a Berry Cobbler ala mode’.
Everything was excellent! The pesto sauce on the bruschetta was delicious. My tasty lasagna was made with organic pasta and angus beef. There was only a little red sauce, so the wonderful flavor of the spiced meat and pasta wasn’t smothered in tomato.
The Ravioli special with beef & cheese was perfectly spiced with nutmeg and herbs.
The linguine special with Italian sausage wasn’t too spicy. The wine was excellent and the pricing by the bottle and the glass was very good!
The Tiramisu was billed on the menu as “the best in the valley”, and while that might not be true, it was pretty good.
Cafe Carolina – 17934 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91316 www.organiccafecarolina.com/
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