Walk into this restaurant and you instantly feel transported to Italy; everything from the decor, service, and food seems authentically Italian. I arrived last night at around 6pm to find my friend relaxing at a windowside table, enjoying a glass of chianti and some complimentary grilled bread with thinly sliced salami. While she was waiting for me one of the cooks (or perhaps the owner) poured her some wine and gave her this little treat.
We each ordered pastas...both incredibly delicious and the pasta shining with real al dente consistency. I got a ziti, tomato, pancetta and red hot pepper dish; hers was rigatoni w/ marscapone and sausage...I thought it might be an all cream sauce but instead was more like a pasta in the pink. A rich and mellow dish, but I actually preferred mine (for once), it had a tad more intensity and kick. But again, each dish was delicious.
We also shared a green salad with tiny little mozzerella balls and cute little cherry tomatoes, salt and pepper w/olive oil. Tomatoes bursting with seasonal flavor.
Our waitress was extremely competent and friendly.
My only (very minor) quibble: they served us the salad and then waited for us to finish it before bringing out the entrees. I realize in some cases this is the proper thing to do, but a few different servers attempted to take it away as it was still somewhat uneaten, both times we said we wanted to keep it. I noticed tables around us all getting their food, when in fact we had ordered before all of them. Finally, after the 2nd attempt, and us mentioning again that we wanted to keep the salad, the server said "Is it ok to bring out your main courses?" Yes, absolutely, we said, realizing then that that was the reason for the delay. A minor miscommunication and really nothing to quibble about --it was more that my mouth was watering as I watched all these delicious looking dishes floating by me and I reallly was just inpatient ;)
Anyway, this officially is my go-to restaurant for authentic Italian.
The pasta is so good I haven't yet tried any of the meat dishes. In due time, in due time.
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