A sweet little Italian BYOB just opened up on 22nd & Spruce. Run by husband & wife Rose (front of the house) & Luca (Chef) it is just darling. Has nice inside outside feel to it, unfortunatley it can get a bit loud. Went on Sunday night @ 6:30 had a small bit of a wait since my party went from two to three but gave Rose my cell phone number and she called us when our table was ready, a nice touch(we were sitting on my front stoop drinking wine from coffee cups)
We started with thier antipasto plate for two. I could have polished off all by myself but we dutifully split it btw the 3 of us accompanied by a ceasar salad. the antipasto plate consists of three crostinis w. pate, salmon, mushroom & I think tuna nice, they were nice & light would have appreciated either 2 of each or a small ramekin of each & crostini as it was diffcult to share the crostini without making a mess, three slices of perfectly grilled eggplant & the same of zucchini, some wonderful fresh mozzerella, slices of proscuitto, a sliver of marinated artichoke & three of the best olives I've ever had.
The ceasar salad though delish was kind of sparse twice the amount of lettuce would have been appreciated as it was it felt stingy and was overwhelmed by the croutons.
Our waiter was a bit nervous but I think that is because he knew I was a restaurant person and would report back to Rose and descrepancies. As it was service was ok, they were busy and its a new place so I won't even comment.
Our Second Courses:, Appetizer of seafood salad w. canellini beans arugula & tomato. Fresh Wonderful teeny tiny calamari & nice sized shrimp in warm olive oil bath. We also had Tagliatelle w. sauteed mushrooms, walnuts & truffle oil. How refreshing to have a mushroom pasta without cream ! the truffle oil was illusive but regardless a great dish and did not feel over full afterwards. Luca makes his own pasta. and the third dish was the lamb special four well sized lamb chops perfectly grilled w. I think pesto served with roasted potatoes & zucchini. It was very nice. Among the three was the pasta was clearly the winner.
For dessert we had ginger creme brulee & tartufo.
the creme brulee had not completely set the flavor was subtley gingery in a good way though I would have like a more substantial sugar crust. the tartufo a ball of chocolate & vanilla gelato rolled in bits of chocolate with a shot of espresso poured over it was not overly sweet yummy & fun and made me wonder if I was allowed to pick up the bowl and drink the mix of melted gelato & coffee.
The prices were fair I think my past was $14 the lamb was $24, salad $6 and I can't remember the price of the other dishes. We had a really nice time and I would go back in fact was considering taking out an order of pasta the other day for dinner (though guess I would have had to hide in the kitchen)
Definately worth it the foods great right now and teh service will adjust in a few weeks. I don't think they take reservations yet, but you can always stop in my place for a drink while you're waiting.
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