I tried this new place last night (Atlantic and Hoyt). We received a warm welcome from the proprietor.
The menu offers a selection of American and Italian dishes (but not Italian-American dishes). Nothing too creative. I had polenta with mushrooms, which was good enough to remind me of the same dish at L'Impero, and a burger, which was excellent--dense, juicy, well seasoned. Others I was with had the mushroom soup and quail (appetizers) and the salmon with white beans and cod (entrees). They were quite happy with everything, though least happy with the cod. I didn't try any desert (which is prepared on the premises at their bakery beneath the restaurant).
The prices at this place are excellent. The most expensive item is a rib eye steak for $18. Most places will only serve skirt or hanger at that price. The wine list, mostly Californian and Italian wines, offered great bargains. Many, maybe most, wines are under $20. We had a yummy Byron pinot noir for $33--I've seen this retail for around $25.
The service is still rusty and can seem, at times, a little unprofessional (e.g. filling wine glasses too full--not a big deal).
This place is worth checking out and, if you live nearby, returning to when you're in the mood for fairly ordinary, but quite well prepared, American/Italian food at great prices.
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