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Cello's Restaurant Review: This intimate, off-the-beaten-path restaurant touts itself as an American bistro, but it most definitely has its roots in Italian cuisine. The menu consists of elegantly presented yet affordable upscale comfort food. Chef/owner Bonnie Barkley prides herself on a dish she fell in love with in Florence, Italy: her signature chicken caprese made with a lightly breaded chicken breast, topped with tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil. In the eggplant cannelloni, the eggplant slices are panko-crusted, filled with spinach and ricotta, and paired with a marinara sauce, topped with béchamel and seasonal vegetables. Even something as simple as the ricotta- and Italian sausages-stuffed mushrooms anointed with Parmesan and garnished with balsamic glaze seem innovative. The bistro menu, available in the bar area only, offers good value with numerous items all priced at $10 or less; the salmon tower features poached salmon with tomatoes, carrots and fresh basil, finished with a balsamic glaze and served with grilled bread. To end the meal, try co-owner Tom “Cello” Steferak’s limoncello tiramisu.