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Caffe Mingo Restaurant Review: There's a reason people wait up to two hours on weekend nights to eat at Caffe Mingo. 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. Among the homemade pastas, we suggest the crab with lemon cream sauce and the penne al sugo de carne (flaky beef in an espresso tomato sauce). Straightforward dishes such as grilled steak, braised lamb shanks or grilled shrimp are equally distinguished. For dessert, classics such as tiramisu or panna cotta are good bets. The mostly Italian wine list complements the cuisine.