Si Italian Bistro & Bakery

Style Italian
Street Address 523 East Idaho Ave
City Las Cruces State NM
Zip 88001 Phone Number 575-523-1572

Restaurant website: Si Bistro

Hours of operation:
Monday to Thursday: 11:00am to 9:00pm
Friday to Saturday: 11:00am to 10:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am to 6:00pm

The place used to becalled Sweet Indulgence. Since 1998, it has been the winner of readers choice awards for best desserts in Las Curces for several years.

Last night, we were hosting some people from out of town. We tried two restaurants and found the wait time unreasonably long. Moving on, someone suggested Italian and we decided to head over to a place we had recently discovered, Sì Italian Bistro. As we drove to it, I noticed that practically ever restaurant I drove by was packed.

When we arrived, only a single couple was waiting to be seated. "Just a couple of minutes," was the reply to my question of wait time. After we sat down, more people started to in. Strangely, no one seemed to be leaving. I could tell that the hostess (I think she was the manager as well) wasn't used to this situation. As the waiting area filled past overflowing, she made sure to get drink orders filled and even made a pizza to tide everyone over. The pizza was a combination including sun-dried tomato and heavy on the garlic. It was excellent, and the children and most of the waiting adults were placated.

Our wait was something over 20 minutes. I could tell the waiter was a little harried, but he did a pretty good job. On our previous trip, we had ordered items with cream sauces which were a bit rich (I know, who would have thought a cream sauce would be rich?). This time we all had a bit lighter fare. Unfortunately, the person with the camera was shy about taking pictures.

Bruschetta con pomodoro

The bread was good (I try not to say much about that, unless it is unusually good or bad). The calamari was the best I have ever had in Las Cruces. The sauce was very distinct as well, and the presentation was lovely.

Soup or Salad
Salad X 3
Clam Chowder

According to the two individuals who had the soups, both were praiseworthy.

Steak Pizzaiola
Spaghetti and Meatballs
Spaghetti and Meatballs, with a side of Italian sausage
Veal Parmesan
Fettuccine Alfredo

The steak pizzaiola was good. The steak was competently done, but the sauce and the pasta really made the dish. I heard similar from the others. The meatballs were ground-beef based, but were not readily identified as such (I don't mean that in a bad way). The spaghetti appeared to be home-made and that spaghetti sauce was very good as well. The veal Parmesan was received with raves. Even the child, after finishing his soup, managed to get halfway through the Fettuccine Alfredo.

Cream Puffs

After we were mostly finished (only one managed to actually finish), the ladies went over to the bakery section to select some desserts. It was a great experience, and we all enjoyed it.


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