This updates the thread: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/465483
Was there the other night for dinner, walked in on a whim. I enjoyed it and would go back - I thought the food was tasty and well prepared, and good for the price point. Service was attentive and friendly. Granted, we were on the late side (around 9pm) and it wasn't very busy (maybe 1/3 to 1/2 full) but that was OK.
The place mostly offers pasta & pizza, with some mains. Prices tend to be in the $9 - $15 range for each dish. The dishes use more adventurous and creative ingredients than a pub-style place, but not quite the selection or variety of combinations like Terroni. Would it be fair to say - sort of like Terroni in the style of food, but just not quite up to that level in terms of menu selections? I had a primavera pizza, thin crust style with pesto base. It was nicely prepared, and a large portion which I couldn't finish & took home. In retrospect, though I was in the mood for a vegetable pizza with a tomato sauce base (I'm not vegetarian, but like vegetable pizzas) and wish the menu had better selections in that vein. My partner had a penne arrabiata with sausage that he liked. Wine was served in tumblers. Atmosphere is cosy, urban, funky casual. You could go wearing jeans or business casual and neither would out of place. Nice.
So overall, it seems promising and is a good addition to the Bayview strip as a solid, fun (but not dowdy) pizza/pasta place. I understand it's the McSorley's people who own it. It shows they know area's market - I think JF's hits the mark well for the area (food, price, atmosphere, service) so I will forgive them for the alarming green facade (!) which is in fact nicely offset by the red-walled interior. I look forward to giving some of the other menu items a try. Looking forward to hearing anyone else's thoughts on the place if you've been there.
Also, as an update to the earlier thread posted above, it looks like Cluck, Grunt & Low (formerly the Riviera location) may now be open. Paper was off the windows and the menu was up today, the inside looks ready to go.