Curious if anyone has been yet? It's only been open about 2 or 3 weeks I think.
Six of us went last night and it was a bit hit and miss. Of the six of us, four got pasta dishes, one got the chicken entree and my husband got a pizza. Three of the pasta dishes were the same (linguine w/asparagus, pinenuts, and panceta in a cream sauce - $12) and I got the linguine with mussels dish ($10). Mine was very good. The others thought their pasta dishes were good, but the amount of cream sauce varied quite a bit among the three servings. Pasta servings were not huge, but appropriate for the price. One of our friends got the chicken entree (wood oven roasted chicken - $12) and it was dry (verified by another in our party who tasted it). Her calamari appetizer though was very good ($7). My husband's pepperoni/sausage/pancenta pizza ($16) was burned - a little overall on the bottom and pretty badly on one slice. It is a thicker crust than West 1st and although it had good flavor, West 1st beats it handily.
We didn't get bread until we asked for it (nearly done with entrees). The server said he didn't "bother to bring it out" because the entrees came out so fast. ???! When he did get it for us, the tops were badly burned. He shrugged and said, "it's an 800 degree oven [they use the wood fired pizza oven to bake the rolls], so sometimes the tops get burned but the rest is fine." again.. ???!?! You don't bring burned rolls to a table. He did bring us some more later that were better, but of course, by then, we were done eating (we took them home).
The server mixed up my husband's beer with another in our party (drafts), but did exchange my husband's for the right one (our friend just kept his even though it wasn't what he ordered).
The server didn't ask if we wanted dessert, we had to ask him. They had only two choices - Spumoni (sp?) and Tiramisu. We declined.
When the bills came (split into three couples), ours and one other couple's were wrong, but we just traded a few dollars rather than have him redo it. And he didn't put any pens in with the bills for signing the credit card slips.
The space is nice and the prices are good, so I am hopeful that some things will be sorted out over time. Especially the burning issues. It seems they don't quite have a handle on how to cook consistently in the wood oven yet. The service was not great, but it could've just been who we got. He was nice enough, but...
Has anyone else been?
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