Cafe Cimino: The Best Eats in West Virginia
Ever since my first visit to Cafe Cimino back in 2007, it has been my favorite West Virginia restaurant.
Located in a rural part of the state, an hour from where I used to live, there is nothing “country” about Cafe Cimino, an upscale restaurant that will knock your socks off! Whether having drinks on the porch, tapas in the little riverside bar, or an elegant dinner inside of the historic mansion, you are in for a treat. During my last visit to West Virginia, owners Melody and Tim Urbanic hosted my cousin, Mikki, and I to a fabulous dinner. (article updated 10/7/2019)
No matter how many times I visit Cafe Cimino, I always have the Charcuterie Platter. This gorgeous spread consists of fat olives, smoked salmon, fancy meats and cheeses, grilled bread, and grapes. The best parts, which can also be ordered as a separate appetizer, are the roasted red peppers and Firefly Farms Goat Cheese Chevre. Yum! They are a great combination.
Our platter also had a portion of tomato mozzarella Caprese, which was a nice addition. Although not on the current menu, Cafe Cimino’s staff can still whip up a fantastic Cheese and Cracker Board, paired with local honey. Manager John gladly brought us over a mini-cheese option to sample. The Tomato Bruschetta appetizer has always been a flavorful choice, too.
Salads and Main Courses
Cafe Cimino’s salads are fresh, creative, large in size, and complemented by tasty homemade dressings. The restaurant often features a daily soup or salad, but the Creamy Italian Mushroom Soup is always a good one to try. Let us not forget about the crisp on the outside, soft on the inside bread, served with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Nom!
For dinner, I recommend Cafe Cimino’s Filet Mignon, Chicken San Marino, or any of their homemade kinds of pasta. On this visit, Mikki opted for the Creamy Mushroom and Feta Pasta in a white Marsala wine sauce. I chose the Bolognese Pasta, a special of the day. Our meals were plated in a lovely fashion and tasted as wonderful as I remembered. World-class comfort food euphoria! There was plenty of meat in my Bolognese, and Mikki’s mushrooms in the wine sauce were divine.
Cafe Cimino was a farm-to-table restaurant long before the term was so widely recognizable. They are proud to offer farm-raised, locally grown, artisan, and organic foods. Sustainable agriculture is used interchangeably with the way the cafe operates.
Dessert is a Must!
Regardless of how full you may be, you must save room for a Cafe Cimino over-the-top decadent dessert. Their dessert options will dazzle the palate, including the likes of Creme Brûlée, Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse Cake, Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake, and a Crepe, my favorite. Their signature crepe is light and fluffy, stuffed with vanilla ice cream and topped with a luscious Zabaglione sauce. This dessert is phenomenal!
Although I was too full to indulge in the crepe, Mikki and I did share the Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake. Swimming in a plate of thick and creamy caramel sauce, this deliciously moist cake is almost sinful. Mikki became more impressed with each course that we were served.
Are you celebrating a special occasion? Be sure to tell the staff before your visit. Cafe Cimino can add custom touches to make your event even more special. They have a special event menu with dozens of options to choose from. I celebrated my 40th birthday at Cafe Cimino, and they wrote a personalized message on my crepe plate.The entire staff came over to wish me well. It was very thoughtful and something that most restaurants do not offer. Cafe Cimino can also provide a private dining area for large groups.
The wine menu at Cafe Cimino is sure to please any desires. They also offer a full bar serving inventive cocktails and tapas. Their coffee is rich and decadent, so be sure to include it with your dessert. Cafe Cimino also offers an intermezzo, a homemade sorbet palate cleanser between meals. Things like that always impress me.
A Noteworthy Bed and Breakfast
Your visit to Cafe Cimino can be extended as it also doubles as a luxurious Bed and Breakfast with ten guest rooms. Two of the rooms (suites) are located behind the main house, four at the Carriage House across the lawn from the main house, and the remaining four are on the second floor (the Annabella, Logan, Silas, and Lucia rooms, named afar the couple’s grandchildren).
Each bedroom is tastefully decorated with beautiful mantles, linens, fireplaces, and private balconies. The best part is breakfast the next morning. Their gourmet coffee and 3-course breakfast are reasoning enough for staying overnight; I know, because I have done it before. Seeing Maggie, Melody and Tim’s friendly Golden Retriever, is a big plus for me, too. She welcomes everyone who comes in the door, and I cannot imagine the cafe without her. All rooms have private baths. Prices range from $145-195 per night.
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