We stopped in for lunch, served weekdays 11-5, weekend 12-5. This place is usually full for breakfast and lunch (there's a decent line on weekends) and less busy for dinner. It's a small place with contemporary decor, large windows, and about 5 heated outdoor tables. These outdoor tables face southwest and are very popular on sunny weekends. Great for people-watching.
500 Columbus Ave at Stockton
cappucino: good (we had one at Mario's the day before and thought the one at Mario's was better). Mario's is located on the same block at 566 Columbus Ave.
grilled chicken panini, served with small mista salad: salad was good - the sweet raspberry vinaigrette helped to offset the bitter greens. I couldn't help but compare the sandwiches at Cafe DeLucchi and Mario's, since Mario's sandwiches are excellent. The one at Cafe DeLucchi had a more interesting filling, but the focaccia is inferior. The chicken sandwich at Mario's has a decent filling, but the way they toast the Liguria focaccia takes the sandwich to the next level. $7.75 at DeLucchi, a larger sandwich at a similar price, without salad (unless a pepperoncini counts) at Mario's.
linguine con vongole: very good. What made this dish above average was that there were 21 clams, and I could taste the red pepper flakes. Wine sauce, garlic, and parsley were all present and working their magic.
I noticed they had a $55 5 course New Year's Eve menu.