I couldn't find any threads on this place on CH. Yelp had very mixed reviews ranging from 1 to 5 stars. Not that Yelp influences me in any way, ever. So , I find this tiny place. I've seen it and it didn't look like an appetizing place. Maybe because Church St near Chambers is like "budget" food, lunch places.
I was in mood for pasta, especially with anchovies, and this place happened to have that. I received a warm welcome. The wine by the glass was decent. The bread, not too good. They should order from Gran Daisy or Sullivan St. The dining room seats maybe 18 people. My table was adjacent to the open kitchen. This was a good seat as I got to see every dish prepared and plated. Some of the dishes looked fantastic. Nothing fancy. Gnocchi with tomatoes looked good. A shrimp pasta with a lemon sauce looked good. My anchovy pasta was excellent. The anchovies were cooked down and made in an oil and garlic sauce with walnuts and some hot pepper flakes. The pasta was perfectly cooked. I wouldn't have minded a bit more anchovy taste, but it was fine. My appetizer, was a shrimp in tomato sauce with capers, zucchini, and garlic. A good dish. It was served with biscuits. I didn't like the biscuits they tasted "off",
I was very tempted to get a dessert but I resisted.They bake their own cakes and make their own desserts. The cake had just come out of the oven and was placed on a shelf near me, OMG the smell of fresh baked cake. I will try the dessert next time.
The chef and staff are from Ecuador. The chef was born and raised in Torrino, Italy. Although it was in Piemonte area where he grew up and learned to cook. He cooks Southern style simple Italian food, that is very delicious at a reasonable price. Not gourmet but more homestyle, no frills.
I will be back there soon.