Finally ventured down the way to try the new place (on San Vicente just west of Barrington). After deciding not to cook on Christmas Eve, six of us gave it a go. This is a very pleasant addition to the neighborhood. The room is simple, but nicely done. The staff was all very friendly, including the chef (owner?) Paulo. The menu has many options, concentating on Northern Italian fare. It was pleasantly one of those menus where one finds oneself torn between many different dishes. Selection of salads, pastas, meats , and seafood. I had an appetizer of pounded calamari, stuffed with crabmeat, served hot with a blood orange sauce. It was the most expensive appetizer at $11, but very large and very tasty. For an entree I had the zuppe de pesce, which was also plenty of food and quite good. My wife had the chicken parmeseana. It was excellent, and a very large portion for $14. The waiter suggested that they would gladly substitute some pasta with bolonese for whatever it usually came with. Together hers made for a tasty entree which I will have next time in. Someone else had a whitefish that was also very good. The best endorsement was that all six of us really enjoyed our food, and thought it a very pleasant and worthwhile meal.
We brought one bottle of wine and had the corkage ($15) waived when we purchased a bottle (Chalone Pinot reasonably priced at +/-$48) off the list. The list itself is acceptably extensive for a neighborhood restaurant. To top off the night we were treated by the owner to a concoction of lemon juice, champagne whipped with cream/merengue which was a great celebratory treat. Just a friendly, tasty place that doesn't break the bank.