June, 2004: Cafe Monti

A small place with bare-bones decor, Cafe Monti is an eatery of impressive range and variety.

A small place with bare-bones decor, Cafe Monti is an eatery of impressive range and variety. Diners order at a counter and take their seats until a server delivers the food to the table. After eating, customers bus their own tables. The kitchen offers specialties of Austria and Italy–nothing fancy, just honest food and reasonable prices.

Good choices from the Italian list are the capellini with basil and tomato sauce, linguine with clams in a sauce with clam juice and butter, spaghetti and meatballs, and grilled Italian sausage with green peppers, onions, and a side of spaghetti. Asparagus is a very good bet in season. Austrian specialties include Wiener schnitzel with roast potatoes and goulash with bread dumplings. Subs are good, too. House-made desserts are a specialty–try the apple strudel, Italian-style cheesecake, the pear tart, or the blueberry tart. There is a very good selection of beers, including several from Austria, and drinkable wine for $12.95 a carafe.

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