Just wanted to thank Raynickben for telling me about this little spot. I was looking for a non-chain Italian place and tried it out last Friday night on his recommendation. It is on Gaylord, next to James Avery (near Bombay Kids, CompUSA).
From the outside, it didn't look to be much - very strip mall look. However, the inside is nicely decorated. Tablecloths with butcher paper on top - convenient for my kids to color on (with crayons provided by the restaurant).
Service was great. Super friendly. Our waiter turned out to be in the family of the owners, so maybe we lucked out. We were two ladies with 4 kids at 8 p.m. on a Friday. They didn't seem upset to see that. In fact, no wait at all. Probably won't last if the food & service keep up.
Most of our kids had pizza by the slice and really liked it. $2 was a good deal, I thought. Another had spaghetti with meatballs. Very tasty. $5. Entrees run from about $8 up to the $20s. You can make your own meal choosing pasta and sauce. I chose to do that and then had vegetables added. This was not listed as a choice, yet they were very accommodating about it. Turned out to be delicious.
Also, it's BYOB. Love that. There is a bar area in the back (of the tiny place), so maybe that won't last. I don't think they even charged a corkage fee come to think of it.
Anyway, I hope this place will last. I love the family owner. The food was nice and the service was great. Hope you try it and have a similar experience.