Iccara Italian Bistro, Cape May, NJ:
A Restaurant Review

Iccara Italian Bistro

Iccara Italian Bistro
315 Ocean Street
Cape May, NJ
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Iccara Italian Bistro: Highlights

Fare: Italian

Price: Moderate

Food Quality: Well-executed menu using fresh ingredients. Pasta is housemade.

Ambiance/Decor: Upscale, contemporary.

Noise Level: Moderate

Dress: Casual

Alcohol: BYOB

Recommended For: Diners who enjoy a family-style BYOB serving traditional Southern Italian food, in a low-key, contemporary setting.

Not Recommended For: Diners who enjoy a high-energy setting with bar service and an eclectic menu.

Recommended Dishes: When available, Lobster Pasta w/ sautéed lobster, shallots, and mushrooms in light tomato cream with squid Ink fettuccine; The Bronzino, Pan Seared Mediterranean Sea Bass with fresh rosemary and lemon butter vegetables; and The Pappardelle Della Nonna, Pasta ribbons tossed in creamy lobster marinara served with whole lobster tail.

Iccara Italian Bistro, located just steps away from the Washington Street Mall, is one of several Cape May BYOB Italian that serves a well-executed menu in an attractive contemporary setting.

Owned and operated by Vincenzo Sanzone who grew up in a small town in Sicily called Iccara.

Chef Sanzone features a menu of traditional favorites from the coastal Italian town of Iccara. Years after Chef Sanzone emigrated to Cape May, the name of his childhood town was changed to Carini, but Iccara still lives in his heart.

Set in a small dining room with a cozy ambiance. The contemporary decor is done up with dark blue walls adorned with hand-painted murals that celebrate Italy's rich heritage. The tables are exposed white marble set with dark linen napkins.

The menu is well-executed using fresh ingredients and offering a good variety of fresh seafood and traditional Italian options created with house-made pastas. Vegetarian and allergy-friendly dishes are available.

They are child-friendly with a kids' menu.

Parking is available in Washington Commons, with a discounted fee.

Iccara Italian Bistro is open year-round with seasonal hours.

(Updated: April 2024)

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