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Lena’s Cafe, Altoona, PA

2010 August 22
by Mrs. FoodieLawyer

Recently we  traveled to Altoona, PA for a weekend visit with Dan’s mom.  No trip to Altoona is complete without a dinner at Lena’s Cafe, one of our favorite Italian restaurants in the world.  The atmosphere of this family-owned eatery is best described as friendly-causal — wood paneling on the walls, possibly the original old-school restaurant tables and chairs, and some the nicest restaurant staff we’ve ever encountered.  Our Lena’s dining experiences are probably also enhanced by the fact that someone almost always recognizes Danny (how he is known in Altoona) and comes over to say hello.  But hands-down, the very best thing about Lena’s is the red sauce — the owner’s mother’s special recipe.  We’ve never had anything like it anywhere else.  Dan’s red sauce recipe is really good, but it’s no Lena’s.

7 Responses leave one →
  1. Cary permalink
    August 23, 2010

    Thanks for the mouth watering photos of your Lena’s experience. Everything looks sooo so good but I am mostly drooling over the eggplant parm. YUM!

  2. Erica permalink
    August 28, 2010

    Your photos are making me very hungry.. YUMMMMMM!!

  3. Nancy permalink
    March 7, 2011

    Thanks for the Lena’s update! We lived in Altoona at least 10 years ago and ate pasta at Lena’s weekly. I was searching the web to see if Lena’s was even still there, and if they still had the same pasta, since we are planning a 3 hour trip just to eat there. Can’t wait now that I see the familiar pasta pictures!

    • March 7, 2011

      Hi Nancy! So glad you found our Lena’s review. They are absolutely still in business and the food is as delicious as ever!

  4. Mom permalink
    March 10, 2011

    So cool to read the remarks about my favorite place to eat in Altoona

  5. stacy permalink
    October 20, 2014

    As an employee here I thank you for the nice review it’s always nice to hear good things from a satisfied customer.

  6. MICHAEL WERTZ permalink
    October 17, 2015

    Absolutely love the simple house dressing! Have tried to figure it out but can never seem to get that same taste! No longer in the Altoona area and miss Lena’s.

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