La Cantina Ristorante Italiano

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Formaggio pizza and cioppino top red-checkered tablecloths beneath hundreds of dangling wine bottles in a generations-old restaurant

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Promotional value expires Dec 23, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per table. Not valid for the purchase of alcohol. Must purchase 1 food item. Dine-in only. Not valid toward Tuesday Night Spaghetti Special. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Not valid on Thanksgiving Day. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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$20 for $40 Worth of Italian Cuisine

The menu's freshly toasted crostini bruschetta pomodoro ($7.95) sets the stage for a flavorful cioppino with mixed shellfish and linguine ($25.95), lightly breaded chicken parmesan with marinara, mushrooms, and mozzarella ($17.95), and a formaggio pizza with five cheeses and a light tomato sauce ($15.95–$18.95).

La Cantina Ristorante Italiano

When Amo Scotese first arrived on American soil at the age of 18, he carried with him not only his suitcase but a lifetime of experience in traditional Italian cuisine. Shortly after that day, more than 76 years ago, the Naples native and his wife, Rose, opened La Cantina Ristorante Italiano to showcase their family’s time-honored Italian dishes. Determined to keep the aroma of those recipes in Paw Paw’s collective nostrils, Amo and Rose’s children continue running the kitchen to this day, captaining chefs as they fold housemade sauces into the authentic pastas, pizzas, and specialty dishes that have been honed over generations. The restaurant's renowned meatballs were described by a reporter from the Kalamazoo Gazette as “simple and soothing, redolent of fennel, just enough for an evening and left a slight tingling in the mouth from a scant touch of red pepper flakes—a token to remember.” Staff sommeliers, meanwhile, stand by to assist clients in pairing dishes with selections from the extensive wine list, which spotlights fine Italian and international varieties.

Servers roll vintage serving carts out into the energetic dining room, where hundreds of chianti bottles dangle from the ceiling. Amo and Rose’s wedding portraits gaze out over the red-checkered tablecloths to pay respect to the restaurant’s history, the family’s trailblazers, and the dark period in America before colors existed.

Customer Reviews

Wonderful food& ambiance such fun winter r summer.beware of closure entire month of January !
Deb D. · December 11, 2013
Very popular local restaurant in Paw Paw. People come from miles around to dine at La Cantina
Horst O. · April 11, 2013
Good food and location.
Fred W. · March 25, 2013
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    139 W Michigan Ave.

    Paw Paw, MI 49079


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