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Anthony Favaloro

Ariana Favaloro
Cafe Ariana is inspired by our children and the Cafe bares the name of our daughter, Ariana. It's been amazing watching both children take ownership of the restaurant. Ariana, the eldest, has learned a great deal about business and marketing in collage and has helped us make some changes to the Cafe that have really made a difference.

Anthony probably helped make his first pizza at age six in our home kitchen. Today his favorite is a three cheese, pepperoni pizza. Honestly, Anthony probably won't turn down any pizza...He's Italian.


Growing up in Italy, gelato and sorbets are part of your everyday life, like milk or butter here in America. Many have it on pastry in the morning or as a sweet treat in the afternoon or for dinner. Because gelato is made with as half the fat content of ice cream (or less) it makes for a healthier, less fattening dish. One of the key differences between gelato and ice cream is the texture. Ice cream is whipped to make it fluffier that adds air into the mixture and that dilutes the natural flavor of the end product. Manufactures often try to compensate by adding artificial flavors to the mix. Gelato is more of the essence of the fruits and flavors used to make each type. Very little air is incorporated into the product as it's made and therefore the flavor is more intense and the texture is creamier. Also Gelato is kept at a higher temperature (about 10 degrees higher) than ice cream making it softer and not hard as it's Western cousin.

At Cafe Ariana we celebrate all things Italian—Panini, Gelato, Pizza's, Pastries, Cappuccinos and Italians wines. Some may argue the origins of a few of these dishes however, no one will argue that they have become as integrated with the Italian culture as our pasta. We use the best ingredients and make most everything fresh daily

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Pizzas, sweets and other food that's quick, light and tasty. Pizzas, Panini Sandwiches, Salads, Soups, Pastries, Gelato, and delicious house-made Desserts. We also offer Retro Sodas, Monterey County and Italian wines, and an interesting selection of beers.

We now offer breakfast!

Hours Tuesday to Friday Lunch/ Dinner 11am to 830pm
Saturday's breakfast 8am to 1pm , Lunch/Dinner 1pm to 830pm
Sunday's Breakfast 8am to 2pm

Soups and Salads
One of the hallmark's of Cafe Ariana's menu is Marie's soups and fresh salads, made daily at the restaurant. We use the freshest ingredients and since we are located within California's salad bowl much of our produce is local and organic.



ILong before Cafe Ariana and even before the Favaloro's years operating a bakery, Marie Favaloro was known for her Italian Christmas cookies. Today, if you live on the Monterey Peninsula, you've heard tales of Marie Favaloro's cannoli.

At Cafe Ariana, Marie has an opportunity to showcase her specialties to the delight of locals and visitors alike.


Pizza and Wine—A natural pairing
Cafe Ariana's selection of gourment pizza and wine is tantalizingly affordable. Unlike other pizzerias, att Cafe Ariana you'll find an adult selection of wines, including regional favorites and Italian fruits.


Tuesday to Friday Lunch/ Dinner 11am to 830pm
Saturday's breakfast 8am to 1pm ,
Lunch/Dinner 1pm to 830pm
Sunday's Breakfast 8am to 2pm