The chef’s role is steeped in history and tradition. And, while in the past, they rarely left the confines of the back of the house, today chefs celebrity status. So, the next time you have an excellent dinner, remember these hard-working professionals behind the scenes.
Cafe Solo Ristorante Italiano d’Angelo Authentic Italian Street Food on Historic Aviles Street
As a passionate culinarian and restaurateur, chef and owner of Café Solo, Angelo Moneta Caglio hails from Milan and has lived and worked all over the world. When he decided to settle in St. Augustine, which he now calls home, he found the perfect location to evoke the spirit of Italy. His cozy cafe is complete with tables on the street for alfresco dining overlooking the oldest street of the oldest city in America. Offering authentic Italian specialties—classic pasta dishes, thin crust pizza, sautéed chicken and veal dishes—the menu also includes panini, salads, soups and a variety of appetizers. The kitchen is able to accommodate special tastes and needs with vegetarian and gluten-free options as well. For casual daytime meals or more sophisticated evening repasts, Café Solo offers a warm, inviting atmosphere and a diverse, intelligent and friendly staff. Chef Angelo prepares all meals to order and offers a “Chef’s Sorpresa Prix Fixe Menu,” which changes frequently so prepared to be surprised and delighted with the best of seasonal, local ingredients prepared with creativity and flair. Finish your meal with fresh and savory coffee and mouth-watering desserts. This little gem of a restaurant is also the setting for the “happily ever after” of Chef Angelo and his lovely, talented bride, Koriynne, who became his wife in 2014. Hailing from Singapore and with proficiency in eight different languages, Koriynne brings her sophisticated, international touch to every aspect of the cafe as she manages the front of the house. And though some dishes and specials reflect international cuisines and influences, the heart and soul of this cafe is Italian. And, speaking of love, everything on this menu is made with love—a love for the cuisine and culture of Italy inflected with the flavors and ingredients that are unique to the oldest city in the United States