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Cafe Zack Restaurant Review: This longstanding Ventura restaurant has a charming setting: a '30s-era cottage off the beaten path, just east of downtown. But that’s just one aspect of its appeal. Chef Salome Cervantes knows his way around the kitchen, and service is warm and welcoming. Fresh seasonal vegetables are a nice counterpart to the rich flavor of roasted wild boar shank with demi-glace. The deep flavor of Tellicherry peppercorn works well with steaks like filet mignon and New York strip, the latter of which is served in a Maytag blue cheese and Cabernet reduction. Lighter fare is popular at lunchtime. A grilled chicken pesto baguette is topped with sun-dried tomatoes, artichokes and mozzarella. Daily pasta specials may include penne tossed with sautéed chicken, fresh herbs, red chili flakes and garlic butter. There are a variety of crisp salads, too, and a grilled vegetable sandwich. The star of the dessert menu is Zack’s namesake pie: silky smooth chocolate ganache on a pecan crust topped with whipped cream. A fish-of-the-day and ravioli-of-the-day keep things interesting for the many regular patrons. The wine list includes numerous boutique selections.