On one of our last date nights before the baby comes, Logan and I decided to check out a new restaurant to Columbia, SC: Café Caturra. It’s located in one of our favorite shopping centers, Trenholm Plaza and has oodles of outdoor seating….view of the parking lot, but still, outdoors.
The menu has loads to choose from, primarily small plate dishes, but great serving sizes.
We decided to start out with the Hummus Trio: Classic, Kalamata Olive, and Roasted Red Pepper. The classic hummus was my favorite. Logan’s was the kalamata olive (which I was totally shocked to learn because he HATES olives. He picks them off of pizza…crazy).
We also ordered two small garden salads….gotta have the veggies! They were beautiful and fresh. With thick slices of Parmesan cheese and buttered croutons on top with a side of the creamy balsamic dressing, this salad was delicious.
Next, came our pizza. We ordered the Proscuitto & Arugula pizza, as per our waiter’s advice. Oh boy, was he right! Their pizzas are a Neopolitan-style cooked pizzas with fresh tomato sauce and sliced mozzarella. This pizza was then topped with thin slices of proscuitto, arugula and shaved Parmesan cheese. Melt. In. Your. Mouth.
Finally, we ordered the Small Burgers. They were super juicy, and topped with melted white cheddar cheese and a slice of bacon! For a non-beef eater, they certainly turned helped me want to eat beef more often.
Not only was the food fabulous, the service was terrific. Probably one of the best serviced restaurants in Columbia. We had so many of the wait staff come up to us, just asking if we needed anything. Even though the place was PACKED, they left us with huge smiles, thanking us for coming! Trust me, you don’t usually get this from the busboys. So nice!!!
Oh, and they don’t have those little note pads to put in our orders, they used these electronic things, which I’m sure helped speed things up for the kitchen. So smart. Love it!
The only complaint I had was that we ironically were asked by 3 of the wait staff if we wanted more bread for our hummus dish, to all 3 we said yes. None brought any bread. I know they were super busy, we just thought it was funny.
Overall Ratings (Instead of stars, I’m giving it ‘C’s.) Highest: CCCCC Price: $$$$$
Price: $ ($5-$10) — but you’ll need 1 or 2 plates to satisfy.