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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 good29%
  • Average6%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible6%
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“spaghetti” (15 reviews)
“pizza” (39 reviews)
“ribs” (14 reviews)
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Italian, Pizza
$$ - $$$
139 W Michigan Ave, Paw Paw, MI 49079-1486
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Reviewed 2 January 2018 via mobile

Go there every Tuesday because it is the best Italian food around. Their pizzas are so delicious; not the ordinary type. People out of the area have them mailed when they go south. Their spaghetti is the best with a huge meatball. Can’t say enough...More

Thank Charlotte H
Reviewed 9 November 2017

Their pizza is “one of a kind” the crust is thin but crispy, sauce is spicy, but the cheese is very good. Cheese has a unique flavor and is not stringy like mozzarella.

Thank sunsetwatchers191
Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

Incredible Italian food. At there twice this month so far. Great pizza, pasta, ribs,fish and specialty dishes Great inside and out. Nice views of lake from inside or on their patio

Thank Eric L
Reviewed 13 September 2017

This is the best Italian restaurant I have ever been to. Authentic Italian cuisine in a relaxed inviting atmosphere. You won't be disappointed with any of the dishes.

Thank LisaBehr
Reviewed 16 August 2017

We have made a dinner at La Cantina a must whenever we are in the area. It is a great place to stop and relax. We were told of it at least a dozen years ago, by one of the staff at a small winery....More

Thank Rae135
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

Love the outdoor patio. Great Italian food. Tgeir Tuesday spaghetti special is great. If you are ever in Paw Paw, MI you owe it to yourself to have a meal at LaCantina.

Thank Larryjennifergilbert
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

We love La Cantina! Good for a drink and pizza or full dinner. Couple or family. We had our wedding and reception at La Cantina. Friendly service and yummy food.

Thank Kris D
Reviewed 26 July 2017

The restaurant staff was very accommodating, even though we were late and our party grew at the last minute. Our waiter was outstanding. The food was excellent. The wait time on the food was a little longer than usual, but not bad for a group...More

Thank jpsmith722
Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

Terrible service. The restaurant wasn't even busy and we couldn't get drink refills. After seeing tables with bread I asked our waiter for some (after I flagged him down) and his response was, "Oh, did you want bread?". Wow. Sauce is super gross. I couldn't...More

4  Thank p1nk_n1ghtmare
Reviewed 18 July 2017

They say they pride on being "authentic". Nope, actually far from it. The best thing they offer is their bread with the olive oil pesto spread. That is their best food. Pizza is "ok". I do love their Walleye (you have to make sure it...More

3  Thank Linda M
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23 July 2017|
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Response from carol b | Reviewed this property |
Not sure we didn't go with kids
Tammy H
9 December 2016|
Response from spagbender |
No, we will not be open on Christmas Day Thanks for your interest. Emilio
Robert H
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

Rating summary
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Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids
Open Hours
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
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
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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