From the outside, Fiat Café is so unremarkable, you’d likely pass by without noticing it. In fact, it’s the kind of place that most people only find by accidentally “stumbling upon it.” If you are lucky enough to venture into this tiny Italian Café, however, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the quality food and great prices.
A visit to the café is like a trip to Italy with no passport necessary. The glass bottle of water on each table, non-Cheesecake Factory portions (they’re filling, just not big enough to feed an army), and authentic food all allow diners to enjoy a taste of Europe in Nolita. From the delicious brunch classics, to paninis stuffed full of mouthwatering ingredients like avocado and grilled veggies, to heartier pasta dishes, Fiat Café is the place to go for simple, good food. Add to that the low price tag (the most expensive entrée on the menu is only $15) and recently acquired wine and beer license, and eating at Fiat café feels as though you’ve discovered one of the city’s best kept secrets.
The place is small but they open all of the front windows on warm summer days, so when you sit down for a meal it feels as though you’re dining outside. Daily specials like Baked Eggplant Parmesan are likely to be good, but if you’re in the mood for lighter fare, the paninis are all generously portioned and accompanied by a fresh mesclun mix.The restaurant has a very casual feel (it’s cash only) and, though perfectly suited for a relaxing Italian dinner, is ideal for a Sunday brunch with friends. Be sure to order the Eggs Florentine and any one of their coffee creations. At only $7 for the eggs, your meal will be tasty and satisfying without emptying your wallet.