Chef Marco Morosini spices things up at The Silvertron Cafe.
By Jan Walsh
Photography by Beau Gustafson
The Silvertron Cafe has been a popular neighborhood restaurant for more than 25 years. In November 2007, Marco Morosini and his wife Elan reopened the restaurant, preserving the past’s popular dishes while bringing new life to The Slivertron Café with Marco’s Italian influence.
Located at 3813 Clairmont Avenue, in the Clairmont neighborhood of Birmingham, The Silvertron Cafe is a historic restaurant with an optimistic future. The Morosinis invite you to continue to love your familiar favorites while trying some exciting new dishes, wines and cocktails. The Silverton Café serves lunch and dinner on weekdays. On Saturdays they are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And on Sundays they serve brunch, lunch and dinner. The crisp black and white ambiance has been freshened with fresh flowers, grown locally and other touches of cobalt blue. Ceiling fans drop from the high, ornate tin ceiling. Black leather booths line the perimeter and diner style tables with vintage wooden chairs are filled with couples, families and friends, who are gathered tonight for dinner.
Marco Morosini grew up in Bergamo, Italy. He discovered at an early age that the restaurant business was his true calling. And Morosini began working in area restaurants at the age of 17. His background also includes chef and general manager experience with stints in Paris, San Francisco, and Panama City. He had plans to accept a position in Sydney, Australia when he met his wife, Elan, a Birmingham native. Morosini worked at several Birmingham restaurants before the couple bought The Silvertron Cafe in 2007. Since that time some favorite authentic Italian dishes and other new exciting dishes have been added to the menu, as well as his ever-changing soup of the day.
A weekday lunch special of Soup and Salad, which changes daily, is served for $7.95. Monday Night Pasta offers each pasta dish on the regular menu for $7.95, with $1 off glasses of wine or $4 off bottles of wine. Weeknight specials include Tex-Mex Tuesdays with Mexican fare and $3 margarita glass and $9 margarita pitchers specials, both classic and flavored. On Wednesday nights, martinis are $4. And during Sunday brunch, $3 mimosas by the glass and $9 pitchers are served.
Tonight we dine on a Monday evening for pasta night. Dinner began with cocktails—Koala Tini and Strawberry-Blueberry Tini. The Koala Tini is golden in color and foamy on top. It is an awesome elixir with rich, complex flavors of butterscotch and vanilla—while maintaining balance rather than sweetness. The Strawberry-Blueberry Tini is light in body and neither tart nor sweet, with the fresh fruit flavors shining through.
We select this week’s flavored hummus—Black Bean Hummus and Cheese & Herb Stuffed Fried Artichoke Hearts. The hummus arrives centered on a platter surrounded by fresh tomatoes, celery, carrots, red peppers, and chips. I love having the healthy options of the veggies for dipping. They are fresh and crisp and pair well with the smooth, cool hummus and its integrated black bean flavor. And the fried artichokes are golden brown on the outside with hot Mozzarella and Parmesan melted into each artichoke. A side of lovely marinara adds a hint of spice and tomato flavor to this divine dish—of which I will be back for more.
And the favorite entrée is the Lasagna of the Day, Marco’s handmade pasta. This comforting dish comes with a side salad and arrives hearty in portion, piping hot with layers of handmade pasta, ground mild and sweet Italian sausage, green peppers and onions with the perfect of ratio of sauce. Morosini’s heritage and expertise are showcased in every bite of this tasty and fulfilling handmade lasagna.
And for dessert we share the White Chocolate Bread Pudding. This atypical bread pudding is delightfully light. It is golden in color with whipped cream atop, drizzled with raspberry sauce and sprinkled with powdered sugar.
magazine, August, 2011