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On one of our road trips along Jamaica’s south coast, we decided to head to Negril for an impromptu overnight stay instead of heading back home.

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We passed The Italian Cafe in Negril on the way in and it looked like the happening spot in town, as there was quite a bit of activity out front.

Somehow I couldn’t resist the charming setup and decided even though we were starving and cranky, to brave the wait.

Italian Cafe in Negril

The Wait Time at the Italian Cafe in Negril

We were seated almost immediately which gave me a little hope that maybe even though the place was crowded, they were somehow staffed enough to keep everyone happy.

We of course soon found out how wrong we were. When we finally caught the attention of a waitress, her first words advised us how long the wait time was for food, in an effort I guess, to control our expectations of reasonable service.

We ordered wine and simple appetizers and asked that our bread be served quickly to help us absorb the wait time. It’s a safe assumption that the bread is already ready and waiting to be served, right?

Italian Cafe Negril

Rustic Island Charm Decor at the Italian Cafe

The setting was gorgeous. I couldn’t tell from the road that they had so much space to work with. It was the perfect touristy type of island-vibe without being cheesy and the ambiance was great.

Munchkin provided entertainment while her daddy watched a basketball game that was on the TV at the bar.

He gets real cranky when he’s hungry so I was happy for the distractions.

Finally the bread came, and the wine, and we started to mellow out a little.

Italian Food in Negril

The fact that I’m sitting here unable to remember what the appetizers were means that clearly they weren’t memorable. I don’t have pictures of them either.

Maybe we were just too hungry and wolfed them down. I was at this point just hoping that our main dishes were about to change the tone of the evening and match up with the incredible vibe of the place.

Come on little Italian Cafe in Negril, don’t let me down now!

Food at the Italian Cafe in Negril
Food at the Italian Cafe in Negril

So the food arrives and all is made right. Yay!

I decided to order the lobster linguine in order to veer away from the usual Alfredo and try something else.

Of course, the gentleman decided to stick with Alfredo and we got pizza for the kid.

The Alfredo blew me away. It’s the best Alfredo I have ever had, bar none! It was absolutely divine.

My dish was great too, don’t get me wrong. But the Alfredo was supreme.

Based on the food alone, I would return to the Italian Cafe in Negril. It was amazing. I just wouldn’t go during peak tourist or holiday season but I will definitely return.

Italian Cafe in Negril

Nightlife in Negril

At this point we’re all now mellowed out and a DJ has arrived to take the night to the next level.

He starts playing Bob Marley and so of course I’m motivated to get up and dance because it reminds me of this moment and so we do just that and we danced for a while with the kiddo.

We order more wine and even decide to get dessert. Cheesecake.

It too was decadent and delicious. At the end of the night we head back to our hotel and decide to walk down to the beach.

It’s when we get down to the beachfront that we remember we’ve been to this hotel before when we were dating. Perfect end to a great family outing.

Negril 7 Mile Beach

Breakfast on the 7 Mile Beach Negril
7 Mile Beach Negril
7 Mile Beach Negril

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