Went to this place last night on 5th Avenue not really knowing to expect. I was skeptical going in but had some high hopes based on my friend's recomendation.
As soon as we walked in we were welcomed by the staff and made to feel at home. The place was cozy and has a slightly romantic feel (must be the candles). I was surprised how crowded it was, being a holiday weekend, but it didn't feel uncomfortable.
Anyway, we started out with a mussles in red sauce appetizer. While we were waiting for that to come, the waitress brought us bruchetta on the house which was great. About those mussels - I'm usually not a huge seafood fan, but these were great. The thing that really put it over the top was the sauce. The red sauce was deep and flavorful, with giant chunks of garlic swimming in it. After we finished the mussels we wiped the plate clean with some of this great bread they served.
The menu is mostly standard Italian fare - but they do it well. My wife and I shared linguine with pesto sauce and veal marsala. Both were done excellent. The pasta was cooked pefectly al dente. The pesto was excellent but pretty standard - the one I make at home is almost the same. The veal marasala was extremely tender and bursting with mushroomy flavor.
We finished the meal off with coffee and a piece of the best tiramisu I've ever had. Another perk was they offered us complimentary Sambuca or Lemoncello. All in all, an excellent meal of Italian standards done well for a price of $50 w/o tip (incl a glass of wine).
The service was ever so slightly spotty at times. They forgot to bring us more bread when asked, couldn't find the waitress when we need something, etc. But to counter that, they were so incredibly nice that I was able to forgive that.
In summary, I think this is a great addition to the neigborhood. I would go here in a second over Aunt Suzies when craving some good standard Italian favorites.
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