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The Fat Tuscan Cafe ★★★★

725 N.E. 1st St. Gainesville, FL 32607 | 352-505-5648 | Website | Facebook | Twitter

Cuisine: Italian, Vegetarian | Price: $$

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Must try: Prosciutto Sandwich pressed ($9.75) and hand stuffed spinach and ricotta shells ($10.99)

About: The Fat Tuscan Cafe is in a historic house that was built in 1908 and is owned by a husband and wife. The quaint restaurant opened in 2008 and serves homemade, wholesome Italian food for lunch and dinner.

This video, courtesy of The Fat Tuscan Cafe, was made in 2011 for commercial play throughout the Gainesville area.

Review: The Fat Tuscan Cafe provides a charming European atmosphere. You enter the restaurant through a small patio with about eight tables and a fountain. Once inside you find yourself in a quaint, homey environment with photos of Italy adorning the walls.

Lunch provides a multitude of salad and sandwich options, including the prosciutto sandwich made of prosciutto, pears, brie and arugula on ciabatta bread and a grilled vegetable sandwich with zucchini, squash, eggplant, portabella mushrooms, roasted tomatoes and mozzarella with pesto spread on ciabatta bread (ask for it pressed). Dinner includes pastas and baked dishes, but you must try the sangria. It is divine.

The Fat Tuscan Cafe is great for a business lunch meeting or a romantic dinner.

The cozy atmosphere of the Fat Tuscan.
Inside the Fat Tuscan. Photo credit: The Fat Tuscan Cafe.
The Fat Tuscan Cafe's patio.
The Fat Tuscan's patio. Photo credit: The Fat Tuscan Cafe.

The Fat Tuscan's Ratings

Food

★★★★

Service

★★★★

Atmosphere

★★★★

Bang For Your Buck

★★★

*Ratings disclaimer

The Fat Tuscan's Features

Best for: Lunch

Breakfast: No

Lunch: Yes

Dinner: Yes

Waiter service: Yes

Reservations: No

Accepts credit cards: Yes

Parking: Parking lot and street

Attire: Casual

Alcohol: Beer and wine only

Kid friendly: Yes

Vegetarian friendly: Yes

Good for big group: No

Romantic: No

Delivery: No

Take-out: Yes

TVs: No

Live music: No

Outdoor dining: Yes

Private/party space: No

Wi-Fi: No

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