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January 31, 2011 / erostositko

Weekend Eats in Wayne

Wayne is such a cute town. In fact, it’s high on our list of places to move someday when we buy a new house. It’s certainly not lacking in places to eat, from independent coffee shops to fine dining restaurants to take-out pizza.

On Friday night, we had dinner at Teresa’s Cafe. Previously, we had eaten at their sister establishment, Teresa’s Next Door, where they are known for a large Belgian beer list and mussels with pomme frites. A suburban Monk’s, if you will. To be honest, I prefer Teresa’s sleek modern atmosphere and superior food to Monk’s.

This time we decided to try Teresa’s Cafe for its Italian fare, and it did not disappoint. Aside from a problem with the heating system, which I get into here, the casual atmosphere and reasonable prices were just what we had in mind. We shared some bruschetta to start: poached fig and dolce gorgonzola, goat cheese and caramelized onion, and Parmesan Reggiano with 30-year aged balsamic. I opted for the special salad of the day: arugula, roasted beets, and goat cheese. While some of our dining companions ordered full entrees, others shared a selection of wood-fired pizzas with fresh toppings like roasted tomatoes, eggplant and buffalo mozzarella.

In addition to the great food, one of the things I like about Teresa’s (both locations) is that they are television-free. They even have signs up at the bar that explain why they have decided not to put up televisions in order to “encourage conversation.”

We will definitely return, and when we do, we’d also like to check out some of the new places popping up in Wayne, including The White Dog Cafe, Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, El Matador, and Xilantro.  P

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