Chosen as a midpoint for me to meet w/family from the west side. And, chosen as a direct result of a Chow search. I had no expectations yet, knew of the good recommendations.
Well, my trusty chow pals. I am extremely pleased to report that this place has topped my red carpet list - like Polka and Ali Baba. The owner was already sitting with my Aunt and Uncle as if he too were family and welcomed me and my guests as if we were his family. He noticed how cold I was and grabbed my hand to lead me to the heater. As I warmed myself he poured me a really nice glass of red wine. (My Aunt had also ordered a bottle of Pinot). He came to visit with us before our meal was served - just to chat, came by while we were eating and then again to bring us dessert. Kind, accessible, professional, warm. Never mind that the food was so good- I had choppino. Then as we all were leaving -there was 5 of us, he came over to thank us for being there, then gave us each a hug / and a hand shake to the men. Owner said he no longer has a financial stake in the two other Spumoni's and now just owns and focuses on the S.O. restaurant.
Prices are VERY resonable but, like Polka, the atmosphere and attention from ownership is personal - simply extraordinary. It's like being in the owner's home.
GO GO GO!!