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La Cantina

139 W Michigan Ave, Paw Paw, MI 49079-1486
+1 269-657-7033
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good30%
  • Average5%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible6%
4 weeks ago
“Tuesday night surprise. ”
10 Apr 2017
“Yearly couples get together”
All hours
$$ - $$$
139 W Michigan Ave, Paw Paw, MI 49079-1486
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Reviewed 1 week ago

According to the newspaper clipping hanging on the wall as you walk in the front door, the restaurant has been there for 85 years. I am glad that it is still around. It is Italian and the food was amazing. We had a small pizza...More

Thank Netthejet
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

LaCantina is a family run, long established, upscale Italian restaurant. It is located next to a small river and dam. For half of the year, dining on the outdoor patio is very calming. We live 20 miles away, but come here about once a year....More

Thank eulermi
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good Italian food at good prices (some would consider above average prices). Some tables have a nice view of the pond / Paw Paw River flowing from Maple Lake.

Thank Experiencedwithfood
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We come here about once a month from Decatur, because we don't have as many restaurant options. La Cantina is consistently good. I usually get the Rigatoni E. my husband has gotten a variety of things, and he says they are all good. Salad and...More

Thank Moldog81
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

After a long day of traveling we looked for a hearty meal. We were fortunate to come here for dinner. The Tuesday night special is spaghetti and meatball for only $3.50. What a treat. Good meal and good service. Thanks Tyler. Quaint place with a...More

Thank Pauline A
Reviewed 20 May 2017

We were greeted like gold, Ava the owner was so nice. Their pizza is to die for along with green salad with their home made salad dressing! Tables were set with the white linen napkins tables had the red and white cloths, candle , this...More

Thank jacki128
Reviewed 13 May 2017 via mobile

Waitress was awesome Patio was delightful Chocolate volcano dessert melted in my mouth. NY Strip was tasteless Salmon was disappointing Pasta was sticky

Thank lewmurray
Reviewed 11 April 2017

La Catina is always a fun place to eat and have a great social time! The service is always great and the interaction between customers and waiters is great!

Thank M9414VNandrewh
Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

My favorite Italian restaurant. Pizza, ribs, spaghetti sauce or some of my favorites. Service was excellent and selection is great.

Thank antv63
Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

Been dining there since 1992. Wonderful food, their pizza is always excellent. Great place to take family friends or out of town visitors. My favourite dessert the Tira Misu, excellent.

Thank Dolmenone
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Tammy H
Are you going to be open on Christmas Day.?
10 December 2016|
Response from spagbender |
No, we will not be open on Christmas Day Thanks for your interest. Emilio
Robert H
Do we need a reservation for two if we dine on a Friday evening?
10 May 2016|
Response from sbqueen | Reviewed this property |
Depends what time you are going to be arriving. They do start to get very busy around 7:30-8:00 pm. I would definitely think about reservations.
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Restaurant Details

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Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 139 W Michigan Ave, Paw Paw, MI 49079-1486
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Van Buren County  >  Paw Paw
  • Phone Number: +1 269-657-7033
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At La Cantina in Paw Paw, Michigan, we pair excellent hand-crafted Italian food cooked by great chefs with a casual and fun atmosphere. We offer a great casual fine dining experience. Our homemade sauce blend compliments any of our pastas and Italian meats. We offer veal, New York strip, certified black angus filet, lobster, mussels, walleye, and other seafoods and are even known for our mouth-watering BBQ ribs. And as the first restaurant to offer pizza in the Southwest Michigan area, our hearth-baked pizzas are sure to delight. With a large selection of appetizers, dessert specials, full bar, and wine offerings, you may come in for a snack and ending up staying for the evening enjoying delicious food and great conversation. La Cantina was founded in 1936 by Amo and Rose Scotese and continued by the efforts of their grandchildren and daughter Norma, who still shows up ready to work every day-even at the age of 92. When you're here, the La Cantina staff will make your feel right at home as part of the family, and your
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