Café Allegre is a delightful,
warm, and welcoming Italian restaurant located in downtown Madison,
Connecticut. Proudly celebrating
over 25 years in business, Café Allegre was founded by Chef Silvio Suppa. His
son, Chef Ilario Suppa, continues the family's culinary legacy as the talent in
the kitchen. We had an excellent dinner at Café Allegre on a Friday night when
the restaurant hummed with activity with locals, including one of Madison's
own, Chef Jacques Pepin, and visiting guests as well.
at 725 Boston Post Road in Madison, Café Allegre has outdoor dining amidst its
storied pillars on its front porch, as well as inside in one of its many dining
rooms. The menu is divided into Antipasti-Appetizers, Zuppe-Soup,
Insalate-Salad, Farinacci-Pasta, Secondi Piatti-Main Course, and
Contorni-Side Orders, with enough selections to appeal to diverse palates.
This family-friendly restaurant also has a section called Qualcosa Per
Bambini ("Something for Children"), so families can dine with confidence
that there will be something appealing for their little ones.
Artichoke Hearts Milanese
We had an
excellent dinner at the Café Allegre on Friday, July 14, 2023, and began our evening
with glasses of Maschio Prosecco as we perused the menu. We continued with two
of their antipasti, the Artichoke Hearts Milanese, and the Pane Cotto. The
artichoke hearts were breaded and fried and then drizzled with garlic butter, and
dusted with parmigiano cheese, and were meaty and delicious. The Pane Cotto was
a mélange of escarole, cannellini beans, and friselle (Italian bread), drizzled
with olive oil and baked with cheese in a casserole dish until golden brown. Served
with crispy Italian bread and a bottle of olive oil, it was a great
introduction to Chef Ilario Suppa and the restaurant's style.
continued with an entrée of Eggplant Parmigiano from the Farinacei-Pasta
section of the menu. This was traditional Italian cuisine, always one of our favorites,
and the eggplant was breaded, fried, and then baked in a rich "Sunday sauce"
and served piping hot under melted mozzarella cheese. Paired with a glass of
Ruffino Chianti Superiore from Italy, it was a hearty meal.
Piatti - Main Course section of the menu featured several appealing dishes of chicken,
veal, beef, and pork, along with a variety of seafood dishes, however it was
the Chateau of Beef Bordelaise that caught our attention. Beautifully
presented, the generous portion of Angus beef tenderloin was thinly sliced,
grilled, fork tender, and served in a rich and flavorful Bordelaise sauce.
Paired with smashed red skinned potatoes, green beans, broccoli, yellow and red
peppers, and carrots, it was a substantial meal and the epitome of great
comfort food. We paired the Chateau of Beef Bordelaise with a glass of Niento
Sentiner, Camila Malbec, from Mendoza, Argentina to complement the flavors of
Chateau of Beef Bordelaise
the Café Allegre dessert menu looked inviting, after the antipasti and our main
courses, we were more than satisfied and decided to pass on having a dessert. When
we left the restaurant, the bar was still going strong with Madison,
Connecticut celebrating the beginning of the weekend.
time, cheers and Bon Appetit!
Allegre Hours of Operation: Tuesdays through Sunday from 4:00 pm until 9:00 pm,
Friday and Saturday from 4:00 pm until 10:00 pm. The restaurant is closed on
Café Allegre - Dining Room
check their website for additional information: www.cafeallegre.com
725 Boston Post Road
Madison, Connecticut 06443
about our visit to Madison, Connecticut in Luxury Experience in the
following sections: Destinations, Hotels and Resorts - The
Homestead Madison, Restaurants -
Café Allegre, Restaurants -La Foresta, Restaurants - The Wharf
Restaurant, Chefs' Recipes - Chef Brian
Warmingham - The Wharf Restaurant, Spas - The Healing Salt Cave and Wellness Spa,
Adventures - Riding a Bicycle
Built for Two, Madison, CT, Adventures - Thimble Island
Cruises aboard the Sea Mist, Liquor Cabinet - Stone Creek
Brewery, and Wine Cellar - Chamard Vineyards
information on visiting Madison, Connecticut, please visit the websites: www.madisonct.com and www.ctvisit.com.
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