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aquaviva -- as good as the reviews

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aquaviva -- as good as the reviews

nyebaby37 | Mar 18, 2007 06:08 AM

Umm thanks hounds loved aquaviva from start to finish...

first -- apparently the trick in westfield is to get there early so you can park -- we did. had 6:15 reservations and were able to park in municipal lot adjacent to Aquaviva. Music a tad loud when we entered but place was empty; by the time we left SRO! This place weighs in heavy on the ambience, high ceilings, red candles on the mantle, white on the table. Really pretty, romantic, suitable for couples and families (not little kids).

Lovely hostess, immediate seating, great table in the 1st of 4 dining rooms. Starters included complimentary brushetta/olives/cheese/soppressa // DELISH // would have liked to have more! i think sivyaleah recommended the seafood crepes, my date ordered these and really enjoyed them, accompanied by the lobster bisque. I had the tricolore salad (too much endive, not enough vinegar but fresh) and veal madeira -- veal was tender and tasty.
Ample selection of wine by the glass although i ordered pino and think it was chardonnay.
Restrooms spotless, as was restaurant. Staff EXCELLENT.

Would have liked maybe one more veal and fish selection, and their dessert coffee too strong for me but thats a personal preference, whipped cream was sweet and fresh! Nearby table had a delicious looking platter of fresh berries, I think i would go w/ that next time.

No complaints -- I loved this place and would revisit // Thanks for the recommendations!

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