To follow up on all the welcomed advice you guys gave:
I chose Conti's on Northern Blvd. for dinner this past Saturday. A really comfortable little place that immediately makes you feel "right at home." (Thank You JK!) The food overall was good....but just good.
An appetizer of Stuffed Artichoke was prepared in a rather odd manner of being cooked in a tomato based broth. I've never heard of or seen them prepared that way. And to be honest it did nothing but camouflage the delicate flavor of the 'choke. It was also slightly undercooked and a bit salty.
My companion had Salmon cakes also a bit salty but good none the less.
We ordered Orrechiette with Broccoli Rabe and Sausage for the pasta and that too was just a bit salty but otherwise was excellently done with the Rabe being crisp tender and loaded with garlic flavor.
We both had the Veal Piccata for an entree and it was OK. To be honest I can do it better at home but it was acceptable.
Dessert turned out to be The absolute winner. We had the Tiramisu. Outrageously good to be sure and has to be one of the best I've EVER had!
It was so good that I was compelled to order one to go for my friend to have the next day ( She also liked it that much.) The captain told me that the owner's wife makes it herself. I couldn't care if "Mrs. Entennman" made it... It was great.
The service was really what you want when out for a casual meal. Very attentive and also accomodating when I asked them to slow down and order each course separately.
While the food was acceptable, prices were fairly reasonable (120 plus tip) I'd have to say it was the overall experience especially the service and ambiance that impressed me; even if I wouldn't make this a "destination" for excellent Italian. Thanks again to all for the rec's. Chas