An uassuming store front on a residential street in Belmont Shore, Café Gazelle is a treasure. It’s a tiny place with a kitchen so small you can’t imagine anything of consequence being prepared there. You would be so very wrong! Their menu is filled with Italian delights. I think if I had closed my eyes and pointed, it would have been delicious.

Our lunch began with the traditional Caesar Salad, but it was not so traditional to me. It had the yummiest Caesar dressing I have ever tasted. I could have drunk it, it was so good!!


Julie and I hadn’t seen each other in a while so we had some catching up to do. That always calls for some wine. That was the easy choice – choosing an entre not so easy. Julie ordered Eggplant Parmesan. It was Linguine with Artichoke for me. There was lots of garlic, but that was OK with me. It was a just right blend of flavors and the artichoke heart was very tender. Julie’s Eggplant was cooked perfectly and not overpowered by the sauce.

Our shared dessert was Limoncello Cake which we thought should be accompanied by a glass of Limoncello. That was not to be – only beer and wine served here. We did learn to our delight that there is another Café Gazelle in Huntington Beach – and they have a full bar!