Texas Monthly Magazine
Texas Monthly Magazine - November 2011
In a college town, restaurants come and go. But for three decades, Cenare—hidden in an unassuming shopping center—has beaten the odds with super food and a charming atmosphere. We started our meal with two antipasti items: spicy cheese ravioli (breaded and toasted—a Midwestern American specialty) and crab-stuffed mushrooms topped with a zesty Creole mustard sauce. For the main course, we tried two distinctly different dishes: gnocchi (potato dumplings) in a thick, rich pesto cream sauce and spaghetti alla vongole (clams with a white wine and garlic sauce, a lighter option). Even though sangria originated in Spain, Italy and other countries love it too. Cenare’s refreshing fruity version went well with almost everything.
The Italian-American Dream by William Louis Champion
About Town Press: September 2011
A handsome young Italian musician approaches with a confident exterior that belies his fascination with this dark-haired beauty that has captured his attentions. He has no idea who she is or why she is there, but he has never seen anything like this young woman in his life. Read More About the Cerone Family
What Our Customers are Saying....
WOW!!! I recently was taken to Cenare on a first date and it was AMAZING! Yes i had a great date (just in case you were wondering) but it would have never come together so well had we not been THERE! First of all, the staff and owner went the extra mile to set up our table for the special occasion, which included flowers and wine which was poured as we sat! Then, the owner (a lovely lady) spent time at our table with us and even conversed with me and my date in multiple languages once she heard i was a linguist with a passion for food... which might I add is the third wonderful thing! We ate Sacchetini, pardon the spelling, which is an in-house specialty and the Gnocchi d' Mare, which has the most exquisite creamy flavor without being heavy. I would go into details, but that would make this review too long. Then for dessert we tried the best chocolate cake on earth... truly a sweet death by chocolate! 3 layers, with one being a brownie like cake and the second a light fluffy chocolate mouse and the other a hardened chocolate icing type consistency. I can only give rave reviews about my first/first date experience, however, I will be going back soon and will write again. Thank you Cenare!~~Gigi, Bryan, Tx
"Cenare is real Italian, and you will hear the language spoken here if you keep your ears open. Mostly, you'll be too busy concentrating on the food, and deciding what you want to try next visit. The Veal Piccata was excellent, and I'd do that again, but there are so many other dishes to try. You might enjoy just a simple Spaghetti aglio, olio e peperoncino. with the house salad and homemade Italian bread. Just save room for the Tiramisu and a Cappuccino. This is where I come for a romantic dinner." ~~ Robert A., Bryan, Tx
"Houda's back! This is good. She really knows how to run a restaurant and makes every effort to create a nice atmosphere, make good food and keep prices in line. it's easily the best Italian restaurant in town." ~~ Richard S.
"After living in the College Station area for 5 years I had tried every Italian resturant within the Brazos Vally. Cenare is by far head and shoulders above everyone else. This resturant is owned by an italian family which shows in the friendliness & hospitality. As soon as you are seated you are served warm homemade bread with olive oil & spices for dipping. The menu does change depending on the season, which is never a bad thing. Everything that I have ordered here has been excellent. My favorite would have to be the Chicken Picatta or the veal." "Now when I dine on Italian, I use Cenare as the bar to measure superb homemade italian cusine." ~~Frisco; Dallas Tx as posted on Trip Advisor
"Excellent food. Classic Italian. Hands down the best Italian food in BCS. Scratch olive garden off your list and go here instead. As of today it was purchased back by the original owners who are returning the menu to lower prices and higher quality. The original owners are true italians who strive to ensure an authentic italian experience. It's good to find a local business that has excellent quality. Keep it local, and skip the chains that seem to thrive in BCS. You won't regret it."
"Service was prompt. Calamari was tender and delicious! Everyone loved their dishes. From lobster ravioli to shrimp rustica, it was all amazing. Highly recommend."