John and I finally made it to Ariana's last night. I hadn't been in forever, since one Christmas Eve lunch where santa and his entourage were eating a few tables over. We picked Ariana's because John had found some mead at the state store and was very anxious to try it. So we went to the closest byob. Good enough reason, right? Well John got the crabcakes appetizer that was on the chalkboard as you enter. It was mildly annoying that the prices were not included, but hey that's John's problem, not mine! John gave me half of one of the crabcakes topped with cream sauce, generous soul that he is, and on his first taste he informed me that whatever they charged it was worth it. Well the crabcake certainly resonated with me. I have been having a great deal of stress lately and the cake was warm, savory, tender, and full of big chunks of crabmeat. Just the thing on a late winter evening. The dining room was nicely filled with about eight or so tables. I loved that no one was really smushed in and the noise level was just right, a comfortable happy buzz. Oh wait, maybe that was the mead. Not sure how well the mead went with everything, but it was tasty. I got the margherita pizza and it was nicely done. The pasta fagioli soup was comforting enough but I will never order it there again. It had lost it's Italian soul and seemed way way toned down like perhaps soup you would get in the hospital or something. Okay I'll say it. The soup at the Olive Garden is much better. But I ate it all, it was healthy sustenance and I have learned to content myself with what is offered sometimes. John and I dug into the bread basket, and he enjoyed his eggplant parmigiana. The tomato sauce on his side of spaghetti was sweet tasting but not unpleasant. The service was casual friendly, the way John and I like it. Altogether a very pleasant meal. We will be back. Any recs on what to order next time?