Cafe Alfredo: Northern Italian Cuisine at its Best

Cafe Alfredo:  Pleasantly Presented Northern Italian Cuisine at its Best!
Cafe Alfredo: Vanderbilt Galleria, 2359 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite 416, Naples, Florida 34109

Cafe Alfredo

Vanderbilt Galleria
359 Vanderbilt Beach Road
Suite 416
Naples, FL 34109
Phone: 239-431-8605

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Open Daily

Monday – Saturday
4:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Sunday
4:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Power Hour at the Bar Only:
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM Daily
Half off Bar Menu and all drinks (excluding bottles of wine)

Cafe Alfredo

Cafe Alfredo

Cafe Alfredo

Cafe Alfredo

Cafe Alfredo

Cafe Alfredo







Cafe Alfredo

Cafe Alfredo is the latest restaurant opened by Chef Alfredo, who is well-known in Naples for outstanding Italian cuisine. Chef Alfredo has over 40 years of restaurant experience - starting in Rome,Italy when he was only 14 years old and continuing in New York, Maryland, Connecticut and finally Naples. We are a casual-elegant restaurant with a full bar, indoor/outdoor bar area and patio dining.

Our menu includes homemade pasta, chicken, veal and nightly dinner specials. Dinner is served Monday - Saturday from 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM and Sunday 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Live entertainment on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM.

Happy Hour daily from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Half off Bar Menu and all drinks (excluding bottles of wine) - At the bar only!

We have a full bar and offer a gluten free menu.

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Naples Florida Weekly Review

Before you ask, yes, Cafe Alfredo serves fettuccine Alfredo, but that's not where this family-friendly Northern Italian restaurant gets its name. It comes from chef/owner Alfredo Bajraktarevic (the force behind longtime Naples restaurant Panevino), whose repertoire encompasses pasta, pizza and a variety of much-loved classics.

In the space that previously held Pizzaioli's in the Galleria Shoppes at Vanderbilt, Cafe Alfredo is a boisterous but stylish spot where you can show up in casual attire yet enjoy white linens and well-executed dishes that are reasonably priced.

The bustling open kitchen is the first thing you notice when you walk in the door. Half a dozen men are hard at work, pulling golden, cheese-laden pizzas from the brick oven, juggling saute pans on the stove and deftly assembling Caesar salads. Servers swoop by to scoop up the dishes and distribute them to a capacity crowd.

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What's more comforting than Italian food?

A little pasta, a little vino, some pizza and something sweet for dessert. What's more comforting than Italian food?

One of the new kids on the block is Cafe Alfredo in the Galleria Shoppes at Vanderbilt at Airport-Pulling and Vanderbilt Beach roads. Cafe Alfredo, in the former home of Pizzaiolis, is at the far north corner of the shopping center.

Home to soaring ceilings, rustic colors and a relaxed atmosphere, Cafe Alfredo is romantic and authentic. Owner Alfredo Bajraktarevic heads a staff that includes Executive Chef Matteo Hanaman and Bajraktarevic's cousin, Gino Bajraktarevic, a former restaurateur himself. The sheer love of food that these three men share is infectious, and diners reflect the collective energy of such astute guardians of Italian cuisine. All are jovial souls who seem to relish communicating with guests.

It's not unusual for Gino to shake hands with diners as they come through the door for the first time.

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Bajraktarevic, who began cooking at age 14 in Rome, also is one of the owners of the Italian Panevino Ristorante, which opened more than a dozen years ago in the Marketplace at Pelican Bay in Naples. His new sister restaurant that bears his name, and which he operates with his wife, Tina, also features Northern Italian cuisine. And at 3,600 square feet, there is plenty of elbow room for the full open-air bar and open kitchen. The fire in the enormous pizza oven adds to the ambience that locals take full advantage of for happy hour and romantic dinners.

At first, the menu can be overwhelming because there are so many choices. And while everything was enticing, we relied on a little help from our new friend, Gino, to get us started. If you're smart, you'll listen to his recommendations. While everything we ordered was flavorful and fresh, the dishes he recommended sent our taste buds to the stratosphere.

For starters, Cafe Alfredo's version of clams casino wasn't just out of this world - it was out of this galaxy: garlicky and made with crispy pancetta and breadcrumbs. The crabcake, which also was good, is served with a sauce that has a bit of a kick.

The Cafe Alfredo personal pizza is another good choice for a shared table appetizer. One of the most flavorful, and also the simplest, was the white pizza with ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Our neighboring table actually shared some of their pizza with us, which we traded for a bite of our entrees.

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Pasta with mushrooms and brown sauce doesn't look that appealing on a menu. But we trusted Gino when he said the dish was exceptional. How right he was.  With house-made pappardelle (broad fettuccine), porcini and portobello mushrooms, it had a zing that made everything after that somewhat unnecessary. The other dishes were excellent, including the ravioli and osso buco, but it took a lot of discipline to push that plate of pappardelle and mushrooms away for the sake of sampling others.

The night was drawing to a close and we hadn't tried the fish course. But that would soon be remedied by Chef Hanaman, whom we asked to surprise us.

What resulted was a tableside filleted Dover sole in two sauces - one a divine parsley-lemon butter sauce and the other a Champagne-orange concoction. Both were outstanding - fresh and vibrant. Cue the swoon. The restaurant features a fish of the day, so go prepared to try whatever is fresh on the menu for that day.

Picking up on the table's obvious appreciation for everything orange, Chef Hanaman suggested his scrumptious orange panna cotta, which is an Italian cooked cream. What an end to the evening.

Original Article: Kelly Merritt, NaplesNews.Com

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