I made reservations on Opentable.com and was really looking forward to this restaurant. Unfortunately, it doesn't live up to the hype.
We were on time to our reservation, but still had to wait to be seated. I really hate that. I requested an upstairs table & we got to look down at the main dining room. It does get noisy downstairs. Pics were too dark upstairs, but I'll link them in my Kara'a cupcake post.
Breadsticks were good, but the salsa verde was Bland. We then got 1 roll each. Roll is very chewy and cold, nothing special. Butter was fine.
Dishes we tried:
Burrata cheese $11-red corn/cherry tomatoes, green onion, basil. I thought the cheese was housemade, but one of the guys there said it's from Italy. It was just ok. I liked the corn & cherry tomatoes.
Salumi -tried the tasting of salume $13-nostrano/finocchiona/toscano/sanguinato/soppre ssata. I thought they were ok, hubby really liked the blood one that has a tiny slice of apple on top.
brandacujun $9-Ligurian salt cod & potato gratin w/ crostini. salty fish w/ a weird potato like mash up that was very heavy. Crostini was ok. Had leftovers but waiter never brought it to us & hubby didn't want it anyways.
tajarin -$15 for large serving. Handcut tagliatte/5hr pork sugo/porcini mushrooms. It looked like instant noodles, but tasted Bland & doughy, nothing special.
Pappardelle-braised short rib raju/red wine/parmigiano reggiano $12 for small. Noodles were doughy. Nothing special.
Skipped desserts. Though we got 4 tiny pieces of Italian candy w/ the bill.
Separate bathrooms down at the Basement. From the 2nd floor u can take the elevator to the Basement (B) and turn left. Think there are many M/W stalls, I used a single Women's stall w/ toilet & sink inside.
Valet parking available out front, though on Sat after 6pm lots of FREE meter parking on Front, Battery, & California.
Our total before tip was $79.21. Expensive for crappy food.
Not recommended. We liked Incanto better.