Longstanding Italian restaurant Cafe Limoncello closes its doors

Yet another of Hamilton’s longstanding Italian restaurants has sadly, permanently closed its doors as of the end of 2023.

Café Limoncello, located at 226 Ottawa Street North in the Crown Point neighbourhood, has been a city staple for rustic Italian cuisine for nearly 20 years. 

The restaurant is owned and operated by Nancy and Rocco Leo, who are also behind Simply Italian Bakery: another Ottawa Street spot for Italian baked goods, pizzas, coffee, bread, and beyond. 

However, recent passersby may have noticed a prominent ‘For Lease’ sign adorning the front of Café Limoncello’s now-darkened dining room, with the restaurant bidding farewell to the local Italian food scene effective immediately. 

“Since opening our doors in 2004, Cafe Limoncello has been more than just a restaurant. It has been a beloved gathering place, and a cherished part of our lives,” wrote Cafe Limoncello in a post on social media.

“The decision to close was not made lightly, and as we reflect on the countless memories and connections formed within these walls, we are filled with gratitude for the wonderful years we spent together.”

For the past couple of decades, the restaurant has been a homey spot for traditional Italian classics like pasta, pizza, risottos, salads, antipasti, desserts, coffee, and more as well as onsite and offsite caterings.

Café Limoncello’s closure is the latest in a recent onslaught of older spots for Italian food in Hamilton closing their dining rooms, including La Piazza Allegra, Paninoteca, and La Cantina Ristorante.

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Lead image courtesy of @cafelimoncello

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