Based on a recent post, my wife and I made a last minute decision to try this place out on Thursday. With the exception of one ordering error on my part, we were not disappointed in the least bit. We got there around 10:00pm and was seated immediately as the full house had begun their exit. Very bright, hip and attractive decor. As the place is still BYOB and my wife was not in the mood for wine (we had a few screwdrivers earlier in the evening), we were served distilled water chilled in a wine chiller. This may seem funny, but we both thought it was some of the best tasting water we've had in a restarant...good sign for what was to come.
Before our arrival, I was set on the caprese salad and a pizza for an entree. After the specials were announced, I switched slightly to the seafood salad (squid, mussels, etc.), a large portion and pretty tasty. My pizza was a Roman-style pizza similar to Pizzaria D.O.C. made with pancetta and mushrooms in a wood-burning oven. Very good thin crust. My wife had the proscuitto and melon appetizer which include a very large portion of very tasty proscuitto. As her entree, she had a lightly breaded veal chop that was butterflied and served with mesclun greens and cherry tomatoes. Also very good.
What clinched the evening for us the unusual amount of attention given to us and the other tables for that matter by our host (owner & head chef(?)), Bruno, a very gracious gettleman who stopped by our table on at least four occasions, three of which with various items for us to sample...first, a taste of his fresh mozarella in olive oil. Outstanding, never had anything like it in my life. When we inquired, Bruno proudly noted that its flown in every Thursday from Italy. This was when I realized that I missed a golden opportunity by not getting the caprese salad...did I mention it was Thursday? Second was a sample of his tortellli w/ procini mushrooms, white truffle oil and topped with a little black truffles. I wish I had ordered a plate for my entree instead. Wonderfully fresh tasting. Finally, if that wasn't impressive enough, Bruno closed by bringing us over dessert which was his gold medal award winning coconut sorbet w/pineapple and vanilla bean garnish. Heavenly.
What was also amazing to me is that after all of the food we ate, we didn't feel stuffed but very satisfied. This was some of the lightest Italian food I've ever had. I think we will have to return this Thursday to see if there was some weird vibe going on or if every night is as good as the one we had there. Oh, by the way, this is a very cool neighborhood and there's a bar next door. Thanks chowhound for the rec!
953 W. Fulton Avenue