Friday, September 5, 2014

Full Flavor, Full Belly: Fiat Cafe

TL;DR: ★★★★☆

A solid four-star cafe. Pretty good Italian food, big portions and affordable prices.

Food: ★★★★☆
Ambiance: ★★★★★
Staff: ★★★★☆

Mott St. & Spring St.

There isn't too much to say about Fiat Cafe other than that I thoroughly enjoyed my lunch here! It's a very cute and casual cafe, with solid-quality food, kind service and adorable decor.

I came here with a friend for weekday lunch, and it was surprisingly fuller than I thought it'd be given that it was at an odd hour on a Thursday. But we were still seated right away after being greeted by a polite Italian waiter with a basket of bread. 

Menu outside (which I now realize is barely legible... Apologies.)

The menu is quite extensive, and they have a lot of specials. But I opted for one of their everyday-menu items: spaghetti with anchovies, garlic breadcrumbs and black olives. I loved this — there were so many bits of olives and anchovies, making the dish jam-packed with flavor, and the breadcrumbs gave a very nice, slightly crunchy texture. One downfall was that the pasta was a little dry, but it wasn't to the point where my mouth felt like a desert. And given the cheap price (only $8.50!) and the huge portions, the slight dryness was negligible.

Spaghetti with anchovies, black olives and garlic bread crumbs ($8.50)

The decor at this tiny cafe was also quite cute — so bummed that I didn't get a chance to snipe a pic — albeit not the trendiest. Going off the name, the place was adorned with little trinkets and Fiat car models, as well as random posters and wall-hangings.

The waiter was also super friendly (and not too bad on the eyes, huehue), though the service was a tad slow. But that wasn't much of a problem as we had a lot of time on our hands.

All in all, Fiat Cafe is great for good, affordable Italian. Keep in mind of the big, generous portions!

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