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Cafe Renaissance

While there are many cafes in the Brooklyn area, there are just as many differences that distinguish Cafe Renaissance from the others. However, the main advantage that separates this hugely popular and spacious restaurant, is their Chef Gino. With his vast amount of knowledge and expertise, Gino, whose parents were born in Italy, creates delectable Italian dishes and one of the best assortment of gourmet pizzas you will ever try- it’s made the way pizza was originally made and supposed to taste. With 3 different pasta sauces, pizza dough made from 4 different kinds of flour and various cheeses, he is keeping the food as Italian as possible. Since Gino orders the supplies and personally picks out the vegetables, the customer is assured that the food is made with the best ingredients.

That emphasis on excellence is echoed by owners Shaul and Tikva Ashkenazi. They started in this business 30 years ago with a restaurant in Israel and it was the quality of the food that made them successful. When they moved to America 18 years ago, Shaul was in the clothing business. But he always wanted to go back to his true love and open a restaurant here. So in June 2001, they began another adventure that their customers have been enjoying ever since.

In this welcoming cafe, families, friends, dates and it seems everyone else, have been coming by and tasting Chef Gino’s creations. Some of the house specialties are the crispy outside, cheesy inside Italian Egg Rolls packed with sauteed mushrooms, spinach and onions. The Penne a la Vodka is quite different here because the chef makes the vodka sauce himself. The Chilean Renaissance Filet is fantastic as is their famous L & B Style pizza. They have a separate sushi menu with all your favorites and all the desserts are made on premises. An absolute must is their oozing hot chocolate souffle with cold ice cream.

Shaul and Tikvah, who are constantly going in and out of the kitchen making sure everything is perfect and up to their standards, are always on the floor welcoming their guests. It is that dedication and care that leads Cafe Renaissance, whether in the afternoon or late at night, to be the center of attraction. But, ultimately, it’s the quality of the food that makes the restaurant go round.

Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 12:00 pm-11:00 pm; Saturday, 9:00 pm-2:00 am. Closed Fridays.

Where: 802 Kings Hwy (between 8th St & 9th St) Brooklyn, NY 11223
Tel: (718) 382–1900
How much: Entrees: $5-$24
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Updated Feb. 14, 2012
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