“Catania”, a new Sicilian cafe has opened on Atlantic Avenue, in the space formerly occupied by the Reginella Pizzeria. The new establishment is attempting to cover several markets, with a breakfast pastries and espresso service in the morning, a “tavola calda” of prepared foods and sicilian pizza throughout the day (along with, incongruously, a luncheon salad bar), and Sicilian items. Also for sale are the specialty uncooked pasta and espresso beans used in the cafe.
The cafe is comfortably spaced, but with somewhat limited seating, suggesting a lot of their business will be take-out. The food items are all on display at the counter (without labeling), along with chalk-board menus on the wall. When I arrived, the staff was working through opening-day jitters (the staff was still being tutored on how to use the espresso machine – but the Manager knows how to properly size and froth a cappuccino – and the Sicilian pizza, fresh out of the over was slightly overcooked, although the sauce was fresh and tart, and the crust was flavorful.