Atlantic Avenue’s Catania Cafe Is Officially Kaput

Sicilian cafe Catania, which opened on Atlantic Avenue in May 2011, has apparently closed its doors for good. Located on the Brooklyn Heights border at 193 Atlantic, in space formerly occupied by Reginella Pizzeria, the establishment offered breakfast pastries & espresso service in the a.m., a “tavola calda” of prepared foods & sicilian pizza throughout the day, and a focus on take-out.

Grub Street now reports that after an “On Vacation Until…” sign lingered in the front window since Spring, it is now gone… period, while its contents went up for auction Thursday.

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  • PBL

    While not surprised, I am still bummed nonetheless. The little hot treats here were a unique option in the neighborhood, too bad.

  • Claude Scales

    PBL: agreed. I had lunch there a couple of times, and was eager to try more of their Sicilian “tavola calda” treats.

  • gc

    Too bad. They had some of the best food in the neighborhood. We ordered dinner from there at least 2 or 3 times a month.

  • WillowSt.Neighbor

    The rice balls were amazing.

  • MOT

    Agreed. This place was really special. Fantastic quality food, coffee & service. Really sad to see it go.

  • bagel boy

    Anything decent goes kaput in this neighborhood. The sole reason is that the tourists keep the horrible places open with sub par inedible food (fortune, great wall, the local places just can’t keep up with the high rents unless the iowans , ohio people, texans etc give the high turnover. Sad. Very sad.

  • Monty

    I doubt this placed died due to lack of business. The fact it went on vacation and never came back makes me think the owner was forced to go back to Italy for some reason.

  • Gerry

    And another one bites the dust…..

  • HenryLOL

    It’s the locals that make places go out of business… The vast majority of BHers eat out in Manhattan with friends after work and when they do eat here, its at the few local places they have come to know.

  • Mr. Crusty

    It’s the tourist’s fault? Lol. Oh bagel boy you are a hoot.

  • bagel boy

    Henry lol: the vast majority of bh’r’s cook and eat at home most of the time. Who exactly is eating dinner in Manhattan day to day? Possibly lunch but certainly not dinner. The restaurants are so bad in bh that it was a big treat when peas and pickles expanded. There is no other place on earth with so much money and such bad local restaurants period. The ultimate conundrum.

  • GHB

    I was happy to see a few people eating at Asya (formerly Baluchi’s) last night (on a Sunday!) The food was good. Of course, Noodle Pudding was packed…

  • Hicks St Guy

    amazing how Bagel Boy can make such questionable generalizations and believe them to be fact. and the statement re: Iowans, Ohioans, whatever, is so dumb.

  • David on Middagh

    GHB, you’ve given me thought. Perhaps Asya/Baluchi’s should rename itself “Rice Pudding”.