Had read about this place on Chowhound but haven't seen a full scale review, so had some minor hesitation which we overcame as we searched for an early Sat night dinner after a film. The parking space available three doors down from Buon Appetito made up our mind (it's amazing the things I'll interpret as an omen!)
Place was empty when we showed up, but we figured this was because we were eating at such a ridiculously early hour. Gradually filled but not to capacity during our stay.
What incredibly gracious and sweet - almost touching - service.
One of our favorites is right down the street (l'angolo) and the food is very different so I really don't see the two as competing against one another.
Go to L'Angolo for more No Italian kind of food and here for So Italian variety.
The red pepper risotto was more tomatoey than red peppery but it was tasty nonetheless. The antipasto was hearty with good, intense flavors. The very fresh-tasting green olives had no briney taste (which I usually love) but they grew on me. The gnocchi was not doughy and again was in a tomatoey sauce but it came off well.
Declined the desserts because we had some waiting for us at home but made a reservation for next week so we could bring our daughter.
This place deserves a try if for no other reason than the people running it and staffing it are working hard to deserve your business. Fortunately, the food is worthwhile as well. And - as noted on the board elsewhere - they'll allow bringing your wine even though they have a liquor license. Good move on their part.
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