Went here for dinner based on a favorable review a few days ago. Called Friday night for 7:30 reservation Saturday night. The room was tasteful and casual as promised. We were seated promptly and they brought us a basket of Tomato Focaccia and 2 types of bread, also a bowl of Tapenade and a bowl of ripe diced tomatoes and basil marinated in garlic and a bit of oil. Everything was really good, the Tapenade was not as zippy as I am used to but it was quite enjoyable and sure took the edge off out appetite. Then they brought out the Amuse of Polenta and Mushrooms. The Polenta was looser than I am used to but I devoured every drop. We shared a Radiccio, Endive and Oyster Mushroom salad with the most amazing flavors. It was a knockout dish. I then got a Lobster Bisque that had a kick in the head flavor of lobster...in a good way. The chef Paolo stopped by several times to make sure that everything was OK. He is the owner and his girlfriend is the hostess. They try hard to be hospitable. Wife ordered Gnocci that were the much desired "pillows of air" and I got a Scallop Salad. Scallops were breaded and fried but apparently just for a few seconds. They were moist, silky, and prefectly cooked and the Arrugula paired with them nicely. We ordered the Chocolate Truffle dessert with Vanilla Gelato. While we were waiting for dessert to arrive, the chef brought us a plate with Mango and Raspberry Gelatos and a Delicate and crunchy Lemon Curd dessert. We managed to finish about half of each dessert as we were so full. As suggested we has a glass of Chianti Classico and Nebbiolo. Both were very nice but it was hard to tell them apart. They both shared so many of the same characteristics. Dinner was only $75.00 before tip which is an amazing deal. I saw lots of whole cooked fish being filleted all night and the special was Suckling Pig which was wheeled out and sliced tableside. They were full most of the night but amazingly it was not really noisey at all. We will be back here soon.
11712 San Vicente Blvd