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Elaine | Dec 9, 2003 08:18 PM

Tried this relatively new place this evening and will return. I had an appetizer of shaved fennel with radicchio--quite good. Entree was ziti with diced proscuitto & a light, fresh-tasting tomato sauce--excellent. Dessert was a glass of zabaglione with fresh blackberries and raspberries in it--the best zabaglione I've tasted and, incredibly for December, the berries were plump and sweet. My husband had a grilled calamari appetizer, which he rated "not bad" but underseasoned (Radicchio's is the one to beat, in his opinion), a large pork chop stuffed with spinach and cheese that he liked very much, and tartufo for dessert. Tartufo was chocolate ice cream with chocolate shell.

Service was pretty haphazard but well-intentioned; I've no doubt they'll get their act together in coming months. Not all of the customers were happy with their dinners--we heard one couple tell the host that their pasta with shrimp and crabmeat had very little shrimp and nary a shred of crab. The host explained that the shrimp are not whole, but are chopped in the sauce-which I think is a mistake...better two or 3 whole shrimp than little pieces, which tend to overcook and have little flavor.

There are two dining rooms. The larger of the two has a fireplace (tho I don't know whether it works) and is quite attractive. The smaller, into which you enter off the street, is a little plainer but has a nice mural on one wall. Entrees range from about $9 for a simple pasta dish to $20 for bronzino. BYO.

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