So we went tonight.
good news: it's BYOB and the co-owner speak very Italian.
Okay news: The portions are small. And so is the place.
We shared the OcGrilled Octopus. An acceptable serving for one ($7.50).
Olive oil and bread were also delivered.
Pastas are in the $14.00 to $16.00 range. I ordered Orrechetti (sp?) with shrimp, diced tomatos and Radiccio. ($14.00) I asked before if shrimp were large (not even jumbo) and the co-owner/waiter said in his thick Italian accent "they are Shrimp". I received FOUR small to medium shrimp with an appetiser size portion of orrechetti and less Radicchio than you would find parsely on a shrimp scampi. My partner had Osso Bucco. It was ine small veal shank cooked dry served on rice in a tomato sauce the consistency of Spanish Rice. ($19.00). We didn't stay for dessert.
There were two other couples there (heading to a concert) at 7:30. One table for four had arrived when we left at 8:15. The room will definitely be noisy when even half full. There is only smoking at the "coffee bar" (A bar in front (but since they have no liquor license it's a "coffee bar"). With such a small single room restaurant you might not get "smoke free".
We decided it wasn't a bad meal, just not one which would call us back with so many restaurants in South Philly. And this block is probably the worst neighborhood to find a parking spot.
I expected a big crowd after the fabulous review in City Paper yesterday. There wasn't.
I'm not saying don't go. I'm only saying that you'll never be satisfied with just a pasta or entree.