Since opening in 2000, Bambinos Cafe has been a Springfield tradition. Locals and visitors alike are hooked on the signature pasta dishes, cozy atmosphere and great prices. One thing is for sure: Bambinos has something for everyone. Depending on the day, you might see hungry college students splitting a pizza, newlyweds mooning over a piece of cheesecake or a busy family fueling up after soccer practice.
Check out our list of the five types of people you’ll meet at Bambinos:
1. The Foodie
417 Magazine has named Bambinos one of the top five restaurants in Springfield Missouri and it’s no wonder. Even the snootiest food lovers line up for Italian classics like portobello ravioli, tortellini gorgonzola and the famously addictive house-made spinach artichoke dip.
2. The Health Nut
It doesn’t matter if you’re gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan or all three: Bambinos has something delicious for you. Gluten-phobes, there’s no need to stare longingly at your neighbor’s tortellini: Bambinos isn’t technically a gluten-free facility, but guests can substitute gluten-free pasta for any pasta dish. It’s also easy to make any dish vegetarian, and vegans can enjoy bruschetta, hearty salads and veggie-based pasta dishes like the Maria. If you’re cutting calories, Bambinos also has plenty of carb-free options like juicy roasted chicken breast.
3. The Extremely Picky 8-Year-Old
There’s nothing worse than buying your little one a pricey meal only to have them turn up their nose. Luckily, everything on the Bambinos kids’ menu is under 5 dollars, and the dishes are perfect for picky palates. Your little foodies will join the Clean Plate Club in no time with classics like mac and cheese, pizza and spaghetti.
4. The After-Work Crowd
Loosen your tie, kick off your heels and unwind after a long day at the office with the tasty selection of wines at Bambinos. The best part: Most glasses are under $7. There are plenty of beers on tap including local favorites like Towhead from Mother’s Brewing Company. Plus, every Wednesday is Mother’s night at Bambinos—the perfect opportunity to enjoy local brews at a discount.
5. The Hungry Penny-Pincher
Bambinos is the best spot in town to enjoy a hearty, delicious meal on a budget. At Bambinos, it’s easy to get a full meal, including crusty homemade bread and a drink, for under 10 dollars. Here’s a pro tip: All pasta dishes can be ordered in lunch-sized portions for $2 off, even long after your lunch hour.