226 Ottawa Street North
A mission for mussels marinara and a suggestion from Justin at Eating Your Content led us to a little gem in Hamilton’s fabric district, Cafe Limoncello. If you’re craving classic Italian food at a reasonable price, Limoncello is your golden ticket.
We don’t love it or hate it. Their lemon logo is classic and gets the point out about who they are – classic old-school Italian.
Food and Reviews
Can you guess what we ate?…. Mussels of course! They were everything we dreamed of and more. There was a ton of marinara sauce on these bad boys, so the endless servings of bread really helped. We’re getting hungry just thinking about it.
We also ordered Straciatella soup, Caesar salad and Spaghetti and Meatballs. All classics, done right!
The Straciatella was a bit salty for our liking, but we tend to like things under-seasoned. For the average folk, we assume it would be perfect-o.
We were way too full to try dessert, but according to everything we have heard, they’re famous for it. Next time!
The restaurant is unpretentious and simple – not bad looking by any means, but they’re trying to impress with the food rather than the space. The place has a warm feeling to it that we think is meant to make you feel like ‘one of the family’.
Limoncello is a good choice for a night out with the family, or for lunch after shopping Ottawa Street North. They have that classic family-run feel in a restaurant, that’s becoming a bit hard to find in Hamilton! As much as we love all the new, modern & creative restaurants – we will never get tired of basic Italian comfort food.
Social Media Campaign
They have an active social media presence, and are great at interacting with their #HamOnt community. Way to go Limoncello!
Our suggestions would be:
#1 Make sure the servers know the social media handles. We asked one server for the Twitter handle and she wasn’t sure if Limoncello had an account. #HamOnt is all about twitter, and since Limoncello does have an active social media presence, people should know about it! Get on that and enjoy some word of mouth customers!
#2 Resize your Twitter/Facebook profile pic so that people can see that logo of yours!
All in all, we think they’re doing a great job at being real and we’ll definitely be back again. You be you, Cafe Limoncello!
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