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February 13, 2008
Cafe offers more than just pasta
Even though the name promises pretty much everything pasta — and Pasta Cafe certainly makes good on that promise — the Daytona Beach restaurant is much more than a noodle shop. Opened nine years ago by Chef Stan Dorfman, a graduate of Daytona Beach Community College’s culinary program and certified by the American Culinary Federation, Pasta Cafe has international cuisine on its menu. Fine Arts Writer Laura Stewart — and friend Margaret Hodge — tried Pasta Cafe recently and looks forward to a return visit.
Q. What was it like inside?
Pasta Cafe is a cozy space that seats 24 but can expand to 32 when the banquet table is set up. A small room that opens onto Seabreeze Boulevard, it feels like an informal corner bistro. The decor is eclectic, with original works as well as a custom surfboard that hints at Dorfman’s other great interest, surfing. Diners are encouraged to linger over homemade desserts like chocolate mousse cake, tiramisu, Key lime pie, mocha fudge torte and a selection of creative cheesecakes ($4.50 each). But desserts, soups and specials change constantly.
Q. What was on the wine and beer list?
It varies but is just as wide-ranging and adventurous as the menu. Domestic and imported beers (starting at $2.50 a glass) and wines ($4.50 and up by the glass) are available.
Q. What’s on the menu?
Enough to make ordering difficult; everything looked and sounded good. Margaret went with one of the specials that evening, a luscious spinach ravioli served with a creamy sauce ($11.95), and I was unable to resist one of the most popular entrees, the garlicky “seafood imperial pasta,” with shrimp and crabmeat, herbs, sherry and cream ($14.95). Each came with a loaf of warm honey-wheat bread and choice of soup (cream of broccoli the night we were there), Caesar salad or the house salad, with fresh vegetables.
Also tempting were the mini-crabcake appetizer ($8.95), Florida seafood salad with fresh blue crabmeat ($7.95 lunch; $9.95 dinner), Seabreeze bouillabaisse ($19.95) and grilled pork loin Dijon ($12.95).
Q. How was the service?
The restaurant is small enough for Dorfman to meet guests personally, and the service was prompt enough to allow diners to make a theater curtain but also leisurely enough to savor the fine food.
Q. What did you spend?
Our bill came to $31.85, without wine or tip, and we had to leave a little mousse cake on the plate. We plan to return soon, with other friends and family.
WHERE: 318 Seabreeze Blvd., Daytona Beach
HOURS: Lunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; dinner 5-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday; catering available every day
MISCELLANEOUS: Reservations accepted; Visa, Mastercard and American Express accepted; handicapped accessible; catering and delivery available; serves private events and parties; on-street parking
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