We had a satisfying meal last night at La Vigna on Metropolitan Avenue, a red-sauce Italian place (I wrote briefly about it before).
Although we had a 9:30 reservation, we weren't seated until 10 because a couple lingered (and lingered) over the table we were supposed to sit at. The gracious hostess, Francesca, apologized and told us that the restaurant didn't like to rush anyone. Later, she comped our dessert, which we really appreciated. I would definitely go back for the...
Half carafe of Merlot ($9)
Tricolor salad with cherry tomatoes,
Linguine with plenty of clams (although we would've liked some garlic in this),
Piping hot, crisp fried zucchini,
Zuppa di pesce (wonderfully tender, sweet calamari, two jumbo shrimp, plump mussels, clams, salmon and one other fish (grouper?) in a delicious basil and tomato sauce. A simple and hearty dish, perfect for the cold night).
And finally, tiramisu (complimentary!) and cappucino.
I don't think La Vigna is a "destination" spot, but if you're in the neighborhood and want some good solid Italian-American food, it's a sure bet.
Some questions....how is Alberto's on Metropolitan, that Alpine place and Mike's Pizza on Yellowstone?