Had a terrific meal at L'impero last night. The highlight was definitely the pasta. I had a special of eggplant ravioli that was tender and delicious; my husband had the gnocchi, which were so flavorful, and even meaty because of the abundant mushrooms. Our apps were a perfectly grilled octopus and a salad of mixed greens, beets, and walnuts. We didn't do the four-course prix fixe because we didn't want so much food, so I can't comment on the fish and meats. Our desserts were much better than anticipated--a review I had read had mentioned that the desserts didn't compare to the rest of the meal. However, the waitress mentioned that there was a new pastry chef on board, so I hoped for the best. While not spectacular, we very much enjoyed what we had: apple fritters accompanied by a caramel gelato and vin santo-soaked cherries, and an espresso-chocolate dessert that was kind of like a pot de creme with a think layer of cake underneath.
The service was very good. The ambience was serene but somehow a little bit stodgy. But I would definitely go back.
Curious if anyone has been to the Sunday evening prix fixe meal. The waitress mentioned that it's different than what they serve the rest of the week, more like an Italian country dinner. It sounds appealing.