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“The Real Deal”
Review of Cafe Canole

Cafe Canole
Ranked #6 of 95 Restaurants in New Hartford
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations, Takeout
Reviewed 30 June 2014

If Im going to spend the money its going to be here and nowhere else. No one can touch there food. Every other place in this town that claims to serve Italian inspired cuisine should take notes or just close up shop and stop faking the funk.

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Reviewed 29 June 2014

We've always been fans of Café Canole, but a recent visit was less than desirable.
We arrived for our 7 PM reservations and were seated promptly, albeit right next to the men's room. We were happy to see some of the menu items we liked at their old location listed on the current menu. We ordered a bottle of red and were told they were out of it...as well as our second choice... and third. The waitress recommended another which was OK. she did not mention that it cost about 60% more; we learned that when paying.
We ordered and were told that they were out the side 3 of us selected.
7PM and you are wiped out of wine and have run out of that night's sides? That is an issue.
Our dinners were just OK. This is so atypical of what we have experienced in the past. Unfortunately it was enough that we won't be back.

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Thank mfm914
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Reviewed 27 June 2014

Café Canole is one of the nicest places in this part of upstate New York in which to dine. The name is not pronounced like the pastry (cuh-NOLE-ey), but rather like the last name of the Nole brothers who own it (cuh-NOLE). The Brothers Nole are both well trained and well traveled, including time in Italy. This is not American Italian food with cheap pasta smothered in marinara sauce. This is Italian American artistry.

The portion sizes are quite large for a modern bistro like this one, but they are not over the top, and they are unfailingly beautifully presented. Something as simple as a cup of Shrimp Bisque looks so beautiful you hardly want to disturb it by eating it. Until the first bite. Then, suddenly, before you even realize that it's a little spicy, it's gone. And you want more.

This is a small place where you will be close to your neighbors, which is a part of the dining experience that we've missed out on a lot in the United States. That makes eating a social event, which is part of what makes it so important. If you have a party of four or larger, call ahead and make a reservation, or expect to wait. If you do wait, it'll be worth it.

You can always sit at the bar, with full dinner service, and lively conversation. There you will find a full cocktail list, a nice selection of wine and a few good beers in bottles. And if you're at the correct end of it, you can see right into the attached pastry shop and drool over the handmade cannoli, almond pastry and tiramisu. If those don't get your mouth watering enough, try the crepes!

If the chef is offering a special, give it a whirl. He picked it for a reason. Café CaNole uses lots of local and statewide farmers and butchers so the special is likely to be something close to farm - to -table.

The must-haves are: Shrimp Bisque, Scallops with lentils, Parmesan Risotto, Utica Greens and the meatballs.

The staff will take great care of you, even when they're crazy busy. And the Chef will always appreciate your feedback. If you sit at the bar with Paul, ask him for a Manhattan-Robin Style. And enjoy the evening.

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Thank La C
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

This might look modern, but the cooking is excellent. Food is always fresh and hot...most of all delicious. Friendly staff...family run.

Thank Linspj
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

The Nole boys can cook and aim to please with good Italian/gourmet specialties. The acoustics are terrible in this building so being there for dinner when it is crowded is exhausting because you spend the time shouting back & forth with your dinner companions.

Thank HRHmum
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