Fun fact about the Caesar Salad: it’s not Italian rooted. The salad was created by restaurateur Caesar Cardini, who was an Italian immigrant who operated restaurants in Mexico and here in the U.S., according to Wiki. The recipe was adapted with Italian tastes – garlic, anchovies and the occasional egg – and perfected on Ella Boulevard, owner of Cavatore Italian Restaurant Federico Cavatore jokes.
Featured dish: Tableside Caesar Salad
Cavatore Italian Restaurant has been open for business since 1983 – that’s 34 years of family service. Through the years, the restaurant has printed a few different menus to adapt to customer wants or needs and seasonal trends. One menu item that has stayed the same is the Tableside Caesar Salad, or Insalata di Cesare.
“Tableside service shows the guests how their food is prepared and it puts on a show,” Cavatore said. “It truly captivates you. You don’t find tableside being offered very often because it takes time to do.”
In the Italian culture, slowing down and taking that time to spend with friends and family over a meal are of high importance. It’s something Cavatore says is important to his family and their offerings at their restaurant, and that pride shines through their classic Caesar.
The Cavatore Tableside Caesar Salad is made with romaine lettuce, anchovies, croutons, parmesan cheese, lemon juice, olive oil, Worcestershire and tabasco sauce, black pepper and salt and, of course, garlic; no eggs for this recipe. There are a few hidden ingredients, but you’ll have to stop in for an order and try your palate at unveiling those secret tastes.
Simple and bright are the likings of this salad with each bite – share if you like.
If you go
C’s recommend: Cavatore Italian’s Tableside Caesar Salad
Price: $$ ($17 but recommended for two to share; $8.5 per)
Location: Ella Boulevard and West TC Jester (2120 Ella Blvd.)
Voted Best Italian in Readers’ Choice 2017
Cavatore Italian Restaurant was voted Best Italian 2017 by Leader Readers; this is our top dish to share from the menu.