I followed the advice of many Chowhounds and had dinner last night at Le Zie.First,let me thank all of you for the great recommendation.It was a great overall experience.My observations (please keep in mind that I am not an eloquent writer or an expert like most of you)are as follows:
Service- It was outstanding! We had a group of 5 which included my 2 girls,ages 8 and 12.Very often we do not get the same level of service with our kids as we do when it is just my wife and I.The waiter and all the other people could not have been nicer and more accomodating.
Ambience-We enjoyed feeling like we were in an undiscovered "local neighborhood" restaurant.The other diners were all regulars.Although my kids enjoyed the large plastic tidal wave on the wall and along the ceiling,we thought it was a little out of place,kind of tacky.
Appetizer-The Venetian Sampler appetizer was terrific and I would highly recommend it.Little dishes of octopus,squid,cod mousse,pickled eggplant,stuffed olives,sardines,and quite a few others I can't remember.Nice way to sample a number of unique things.The buffalo mozzarella and tomato was okay.The white and yellow polenta was very good and filling.
Main Course-The spaghetti and meatball dish was very simple but outstanding.It did not come covered with tomato sauce like many others.My daughter enjoyed it.We also had the fish special(bronzini?)which was a whole sea bass baked in sea salt and filet at the table.Extremely moist and flavorful.The highlight.We also ordered the pici since everyone on the board seemed to like it.Hand rolled ricotta pasta served with string beans and asparagus in a oil and garlic base.It was good but seemed to lack some flavor.My wife ordered a pasta special which was spaghetti served with spinich and tuna eggs in a light oil and garlic.She loved it! It was very flavorful.I went with the Mac and Cheese which is baked with cheddar,parmesan and gorgonzola cheese and topped with black truffles.It was very good but not as sharp as I had hoped.(I was hoping for something similar to the Penne Gratin at Gonzo).Overall, the food was very fresh and the fish and pasta were some of the best we ever had.
Dessert-Very basic and forgettable menu.The Apple tart was very good but the Ricoota Cheesecake and others were average.
Value- Terrific!Our same group recently had dinner at Gonzo and the bill for the 5 of us came to $350.00 which included a few glasses of wine,tip and one entre to go.Last nights dinner,which also included a few glasses of wine,tip and an entre to go only came to $220.00,and our tip was generous.
Overall, we loved the experience.The people and service were outstanding,the food very fresh and different and we liked feeling like we were in a neighborhhod place.We hope to be regulars.Thanks to all of you for the recommendation!Now I have to decide between Da Andrea and Cacio e Pepe for our next Chowhound recommendation.