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Caffe Mingo Restaurant Review: The menu changes weekly at Caffe Mingo, but otherwise the quality is remarkably consistent. People wait up to two hours on a weekend to eat here, but there's a reason. The owners understand the key to Italian cooking is fresh ingredients, simply prepared. Happily, Bar Mingo absorbs the waiting crowd and it’s a fine place to sip a cocktail, or you may simply enjoy the limited menu of small plates. Back in the main restaurant, the setting is casual with a scattering of tables and a counter overlooking a bustling open kitchen. Start with the bread served with rich, flavorful olive oil before moving on to the beet salad with goat cheese or the understated Caesar. The penne al sugo de carne (fork-tender beef in an espresso tomato sauce) has been on the menu forever --- deservedly --- as has the crab with lemon cream sauce. Seasonally-changing dishes might include grilled prawns with watercress, avocado, olives and grapefruit, or oven-roasted halibut with spring vegetables, fregola and salsa verde. For dessert, classics such as tiramisu or panna cotta are good bets. The mostly Italian wine list complements the cuisine.