Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Back to Cafe Io

Last October we dined at Cafe Io in Mt. Lebanon and really enjoyed our meal. This past Saturday we were in the South Hills doing some errands and decided to return to Cafe Io for dinner. It was a bit early when we got there, but we both had small lunches and we were quite hungry. After ordering iced teas and a beer for SP, we ordered 2 appetizers. One was Iovino (tempura mozzarella, Italian sweet sausage, marinated tomatoes, basil, organic mixed greens), see photos above & below:
Oh my gosh this was delicious. The sausage had terrific cross hatch marks. The tempura breading was light. The cheese fresh and soft. Crisp greens, Fresh basil. Balsamic drizzle. I think we found a new favorite, always order appetizer at Cafe Io.

The other appetizer was Crispy Parmesan Polenta (San Marzano tomato sauce, shaved parmesan cheese), which we ordered last time, too:
Just as delicious as last time. For his meal, SP chose a daily special, Bronzino with more crispy polenta plus greens and tomatoes:
He said his fish was nicely cooked. Since he needs to watch his carbs, he didn't eat all the crispy polenta. Plus, he ate some of my meal.

Meanwhile I got the same meal as last time, Monster Grilled Cheese (gouda and cheddar cheeses, bacon, egg, pulled pork, tomato, caramelized onions, spinach). And the same side, Tomato Soup.
I chose white bread. This sandwich is so tasty. It has many of my favorite sandwich ingredients: bacon, fried egg, cheese, caramelized onion, tomato plus it has pulled pork. As usual, I ate half and took half home for lunch the next day. And as usual, SP helped me with the soup.
There were 3 desserts from which to choose. We opted for the Mixed Berry Pie? Tart? I forget what it was called but it was really good:
Graham cracker crust, mixed berries, smooth cream filling. I'm glad we both had room to share dessert.

Cafe Io doesn't take reservations and it does get busy. Our service was again great. Friendly, not rushed, attentive, brought extra plates for appetizer sharing. And delicious food. Still on the "return to" list.

Cafe io Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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