I don’t usually find myself struggling to find words. But as I sit here attempting to share my thoughts on Cafe Silvium, I realize that I am struggling with where to start. I think it’s because I am still in a state of disbelief and unable to focus all the things I want to say. Why a state of disbelief? Because for one, I can’t believe how amazing it is, and for two, I can’t believe I only recently discovered it. That then leads me to how angry I also feel for having only learned about Cafe Silvium this year. (That would be the great year of 2018.) Clearly, I am working through some culinary emotions here.
My first attempt to go to Cafe Silvium was a total failure. I was scheduled to meet some friends for dinner and someone suggested we try Cafe Silvium. I checked out the reviews and decided I was excited to try it. It was a Monday night, we were 4 people, and no one stopped to think we would need a reservation. Ummmm…. we were wrong! We arrived and found out quickly that not only did we need a reservation, but they literally couldn’t seat us all night! This is not an uncommon situation- it turns out they have a full house on most nights. The staff were so polite and told us they hoped we would return soon. Unfortunately, we ended up at a sub-par Italian restaurant down the street from Cafe Silvium and depressed. We wanted what we couldn’t have! (But at least we had each other. Shout out to my BFFs!)
In Italy you are taught how to savor simplicity and embrace hospitality. This is also true at Cafe Silvium.
What happened next? Well, I came home with my mind swirling with the images and smells of Cafe Silvium. I knew I wouldn’t rest well until I experienced what all the fuss was all about. So I woke up the next morning, waited patiently until they opened, and promptly called to make a reservation! That Thursday at 8:30pm, I walked in and I knew I had found it, finally. The best local Italian restaurant. Cafe Silvium serves homemade, well made, delicious, classic Italian food. And I love it.
From the moment you are seated you feel as welcome as if were invited into someone’s home for dinner. Everyone from the maître d’e, to our server, to our table neighbors were kind, attentive, relaxed and helpful. I was immediately transported back to our time in Italy where we visited places that taught me how to savor simplicity and embrace hospitality.
Everything we ordered that first night and each time we returned since has been fantastic. The menu is impressively large, which usually, I do not like because it typically indicates that a restaurant is more interested in quantity over quality and also typically indicates that the chef doesn’t have a style of his own. However, Cafe Silvium is not to be included in this assumption. The menu is large, but focused on homestyle, tasty, well made Italian dishes. The food is clearly cooked with love and every dish they serve feels like the most important dish on the menu. This includes the delicious white bean salad served to you as you are seated, alongside a basket of focaccia.
We’ve enjoyed a wide variety of the menu since we started going to Cafe Silvium and we have enjoyed everything to the point of craving. Of course, I have my favorites which include the Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms, Eggplant Rollatini, Braised Boar Shank with Gorgonzola Sauce and the Sole Francese (also available with other fishes such as Grouper). There is nothing I have had that I didn’t like, but I would likely not get the lasagna again. It was a bit runny, or loose, and the noodles were more aldente than I like. But that is a matter of lasagna preference, and I simply prefer my own.
- The Food: It is the best, classic, Italian food.
- Service: The customer service is always fantastic.
- The Menu: The menu offers something to delight everyone.
Note: Reservations are only available to parties of 6 or more on Friday and Saturday nights. Closed on Sundays.
371 Shippan Avenue
Stamford, CT 06902