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Denis | Jun 3, 2005 11:05 AM

I've been to this place a couple times, and I'm liking it pretty well for what it is--namely what so many basic, fairly generic Italian places should be, but aren't. The meatballs are a little overhyped, but they're good enough. Despite the overexposure of the tapas trend, I like that they have all the little dishes and sides, and most of the ones I've tried have been enjoyable in a straight-ahead way. Liked the gigante beans and the white anchovies were perfectly good, the grilled octopus was pretty delectable and simple. The cauliflower was unremarkable, though, The grilled radicchio was just too bitter for me. The penne arrabiata was simply enjoyable. The codfish oreganata was oversalted. The porchetta was very flavorful, and a bit chewy, which I actually didn't mind. It could have been juicier, though.

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