A new place opened (on Main St) in RWC, Aly's - about at Thanksgiving.
It's about between Donato Enoteca and Martin's West.
The decor is "uninspired", sadly, and I hope they do more to fix the atmosphere. The tables are high quality, but the layout is aweful. The bar is better than any of the tables. The "open kitchen" has overly bright florescent lights.
The food is much better. They bill themselves as farm to table, with a short menu, and a slant including housemade pasta.
Their burger was quite good. Well seasoned, good meat taste.
Their fetucini carbonara was correctly made, but there's that certain housemade taste to pasta that it lacked. Nice Q, though.
Price is much lower than other similarly themed places.
Very friendly people.
In sum --- it's worth a stop, especially if you get shut out of Vesta and Martin's West (why we ended up there). This is the kind of place that should get a few weeks to work the kinks out. I hope they up the quality of the cooking a bit (more interesting menu, more "flavor" in the dishes), and, especially, do work on the interior design. Hang some things on the walls, whatever you need.
Finally - that mexican fish-oriented place from further down broadway opened in downtown (also on broadway). I look forward to trying it - nice looking menu, good cocktails and bar.
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