Finally, while it's hard at Cafe Zola to leave room for dessert, you would be wise to try. The chocolate fudge with vanilla ice cream was a lumpy disappointment, but the pear almond frangipane tart, made in house, was exquisite, sweet without being cloying, a nice ending to a big meal. Or go for the almond torte, layers of rum-soaked pound cake and marscapone cheese--enough for a table of four to share. And then there are the sweet crepes for dessert, but we passed on them--they're great, but they now have a lot of competition on this fantastic menu. And, really, they're just not as fun now that we can't watch them being made (the window is now curtained). It's a small sacrifice, and one we're certainly willing to bear in exchange for one of the most enjoyable dinner spots around.
112 W. Washington, 769-2730
Brunch: daily 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Dinner: Thurs. 5-10 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 5-11 p.m. Appetizers $7-$15, entrees $15-$29, desserts $7, brunch items $6-$14
[Originally published in February, 2010.]