I went to Vespa twice in one week: once with work friends and once with my girlfriend. The work visit was early: 7:00 on a Friday night. I wondered if I had the right place, since it was not crowded at all. I had rare grilled tuna with black olive pasta: delicious.
Last night I took my girlfriend there. She had the salmon with asparagus and couscous, and I had rigatoni with italian sausage. Both were very good.
On the first visit noise was not a factor. Last night we went about 9:30, and the noise level and crowd was way up. Strangely, though, it actually worked in the intimate (read crowded) surroundings. We could converse clearly with each other, but the conversations of the tables next to us just faded into the overall din.
I certainly can't quibble with the prices or the food quality. However, for the second time in one week I was unable to get a Sapphire and tonic at a Federal Hill establishment (see my post on Sisson's).