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Pasta dishes offer a choice of penne or linguine.
Entrees include a side of penne or linguine in marinara or garlic and olive oil.
Add Chicken to any salad or entree…5
Add Shrimp to any salad or entree… 7

Menu

  • Antipasti

  • House Specialties

  • Lunch

  • Pasta

  • Pesce

  • Pollo

  • Vitello

  • Zuppa & Insalata

Antipasti

  • Calamari Fritti

    14.00

    Fried calamari tossed with garlic, fresh lemon, jalapenos and cherry peppers. Served with Harissa chili aioli and our house marinara.
  • Bruschetta

    8.00

    Toasted garlic bread topped with fresh tomatoes, basil and red onion with a dash of balsamic vinaigrette.  With prosciutto & fresh mozzarella…10
  • Garlic Shrimp

    10.00

    Sauteed with fresh herbs, garlic, oil and white wine.
  • Mussels or Clams

    12.00

    Sautéed in a spicy marinara sauce or sautéed in a garlic, oil and white wine sauce with fresh tomatoes and a touch of crushed red pepper.
  • Antipasto

    14.00

    Assorted Italian meats and cheeses, hot cherry peppers, mixed greens and a balsamic vinaigrette.

House Specialties

  • Braised Short Ribs

    28.00

    Served au jus with asparagus and mashed potatoes.
  • Pork Osso Bucco

    26.00

    Served in a brandy peppercorn sauce with polenta and sauteed vegetables.
  • New Zealand Rack of Lamb

    36.00

    Served with a portabella and port wine demi glaze, vegetables and a side of pasta.
  • Roasted Half Duck

    28.00

    Served with portabella and golden sherry reduction, with mixed vegetables and a side of pasta.
  • Baked Salmon

    28.00

    Baked salmon with a creamy lobster dill sauce over lobster ravioli and mixed vegetables.
  • Lobster Ravioli

    22.00

    Served in a lobster cream sauce.

Lunch

  • Lobster Salad

    18.00

    Fresh lobster with celery, lemon juice and mayonnaise.  Served over a house salad or as a sandwich on a bulky roll.
  • Chicken Dijon

    13.00

    Sautéed chicken breast, roasted red peppers, served with cheese ravioli and finished with Dijon cream sauce.
  • Mediterranean Flatbread Pizza

    11.00

    Thin flat bread topped with pesto, arugula, onion, kalamata olives, eggplant and feta.
  • Pasta Salad

    11.00

    Rotini Pasta, artichoke, kalamata olives, cherry tomato, onions, tuna, fresh mozzarella, and roasted red peppers, tossed in house balsamic vinaigrette.
  • Italian Sirloin Burger

    13.00

    Roasted garlic, roasted red peppers, crispy prosciutto, and Fontina in a bulky roll, served with hand cut fries.
  • Meatballs or Sausage in Marinara

    13.00

    Served with your choice of pasta.
  • Shrimp and Lobster

    17.00

    Served in a brandy cream sauce with sautéed spinach over mushroom risotto.
  • Sesame Crusted Tuna

    15.00

    With ponzu, wasabi and fresh ginger.
  • Provencial Chicken

    14.00

    Chicken breast, fresh tomatoes, mushrooms and spinach sauteed with garlic, thyme, olive oil and white wine over linguine.
  • Penne Ala Vodka

    14.00

    Penne pasta with sun dried tomatoes, mushrooms and artichokes prepared in a tomato vodka cream sauce.  Add Chicken…5
  • Porcini Raviolis

    15.00

    Scallops sauteed in a mushroom cream sauce served with sautéed sea scallops.
  • Italian Chicken Sandwich

    9.00

    Chicken breast sauteed in Italian spices topped with tomatoes, roasted red peppers, fresh mozzarella cheese and crisp lettuce.
  • Panini Sub

    9.00

    Proscuitto, tomatoes, onions, fresh mozzarella and basil drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette.
  • Grilled Italian Sausage

    9.00

    Sautéed bell peppers, mushrooms, onions, tossed with light spice house marinara sauce.

Pasta

  • Lasagna

    Made fresh in-house. Ask your server for today’s selection.
  • Ravioli

    Ask about our special Ravioli of the Day.
  • Fettucini Alfredo

    20.00

    A special blend of cream, romano cheese and butter.  With Chicken add…5 With Shrimp add…7
  • Gnocchi Alla Sorrentina

    20.00

    Tossed with spinach and fresh mozzarella in a tomato cream sauce.
  • Tortellini Al Proscuitto

    20.00

    With mushrooms in a cream sauce.
  • Alla Putenesca

    20.00

    Anchovies, capers, garlic, black olives and basil in a spicy marinara sauce.
  • Carbonara

    20.00

    Sauteed pancetta and onions in an egg cream sauce.  With Chicken add…5 With Shrimp add…7
  • Primavera

    18.00

    Zucchini, broccoli, asparagus and peas in a cream sauce. With Chicken add…5  With Shrimp add…7
  • Calabrese

    18.00

    Ground Italian sausage and fresh basil sauteed in garlic and olive oil then simmered in a spicy marinara sauce.
  • Eggplant Parmigiana

    18.00

    Pan seared eggplant topped with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese with a side of pasta.
  • Penne with Broccoli

    16.00

    Served with cream sauce.  With Chicken add…5 With Shrimp add…7
  • Pasta Pomodoro

    14.00

    Choice of linguine or penne in a marinara sauce, fresh bread.

Pesce

  • Seafood Risotto

    32.00

    A medley of mussels, lobster meat, scallops, shrimp, spinach, roasted red peppers and black olives in a feta cream sauce.
  • Baked Salmon

    28.00

    Baked salmon with a creamy lobster dill sauce over lobster ravioli and mixed vegetables.
  • Linguine Toscana

    26.00

    Sauteed mussels, little neck clams, shrimp, mushrooms and sun dried tomatoes in a ginger pesto cream sauce with romano cheese over linguine.
  • Shrimp Al Dente

    20.00

    Sauteed shrimp, pancetta, sun dried tomatoes with garlic, olive oil and white wine over linguine.
  • Calamari

    20.00

    Squid served in a spicy marinara sauce over linguine.
  • Alla Vongole

    20.00

    Little neck clams sauteed in garlic, olive oil and white wine or in a spicy tomato sauce with fresh parsley.
  • Linguine Mussels

    20.00

    Fresh mussels simmered in a spicy marinara sauce or sautéed in a garlic, oil ad white sauce with a touch of crushed red pepper.
  • Frutti di Mare

    32.00

    Sautéed mussels, little neck clams, shrimp, scallops, calamari and lobster meat in a spicy marinara sauce over linguine.

Pollo

  • Chicken Piccata

    22.00

    Chicken breast sauteed with lemon, capers and roasted red peppers in a garlic, olive oil and white wine sauce.
  • Chicken with Shrimp

    22.00

    Sauteed chicken breast and jumbo shrimp with sun dried tomatoes in a pesto cream sauce.
  • Chicken with Apricot

    22.00

    Sauteed chicken breast with leeks, apricots, raisins and cinnamon in a sherry wine sauce.
  • Chicken Parmigiana

    18.00

    Breaded chicken breast topped with mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce then baked to perfection. (Served with eggplant at your request…20)
  • Chicken Mediterranean

    22.00

    Chicken breast sauteed with leeks, prunes, sun dried tomatoes and pine nuts in an orange brandy sauce.
  • Chicken Marsala

    22.00

    Sauteed chicken breast with proscuitto and mushrooms in a Marsala wine sauce.

Vitello

  • Veal Piccata

    24.00

    Veal sautéed with lemon, capers and roasted peppers in a garlic, oil and white wine sauce.
  • Veal Parmigiana

    22.00

    Medallions of veal topped with mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce then baked to perfection.  With Eggplant…24
  • Veal Alla Romana

    24.00

    Sauteed veal topped with mushrooms, proscuitto, fontina cheese in a lemon and garlic white wine sauce.
  • Veal Casablanca

    24.00

    Sautéed veal cutlet with red onions. mushrooms, leeks and rosemary finished with a port wine demi glaze with a touch of cream served with a side of pasta.
  • Veal Saltimbocca

    24.00

    Baked veal topped with proscuitto, mushrooms, fresh sage and fontina cheese in a cream sauce.
  • Veal Marsala

    24.00

    Sauteed veal cutlets with proscuitto and mushrooms in a Marsala wine sauce.

Zuppa & Insalata

  • Roasted Beet Salad

    10.00

    Mixed greens, arugula, roasted beets, mandarin, walnuts, and goat cheese finished with a lavender vinaigrette.
  • Cafe Med Soup

    7.00

    Sauteed seasoned vegetables and chicken in a light curry turmeric broth. A North African tradition.
  • Zuppa Ribbolita

    7.00

    Celery, onions, garlic, kale, swiss chard, potatoes, zucchini, leeks, cabbage and beans with Italian bread slow simmered in a tomato vegetable broth and topped with shaved parmesan cheese.
  • Insalata Alla Spinaca

    10.00

    Warm baby spinach served with roasted pine nuts, roasted garlic, balsamic roasted red onions and portabella mushrooms, goat cheese and cizano vinaigrette.
  • Caesar Salad

    8.00

    Fresh romaine, romano cheese and Caesar dressing.
  • Insalata Especial

    12.00

    Cafe Med’s own House salad Mediterranean style: tuna, eggs, cucumbers, tomatoes, black olives on a bed of romaine lettuce, house dressing.
  • Insalata Del la Casa

    6.00

    Selected garden greens, romaine lettuce, choice of dressing.
  • Caprese

    10.00

    Mozzarella del la Casa, Pomodoro e Basilico (homemade mozzarella, tomatoes and fresh basil).