I was introduced to a small intimate italian restaurant in the downtown area over the weekend. The food was very good and the atmosphere cozy.
We arrived for our 7:00PM reservation and because the restaurant wasn't too full they asked us if we would like to select where we would like to sit. I chose to sit further into the restaurant away from the front door as it was quite cold outside.
We didn't order any drinks in the beginning and were promptly brought a nice basket full of warm crusty italian bread. Butter was provided along with a bottle of balsamic vinegar and olive oil for dipping.
They had a very nice selection of antipasto, salads, pastas, meats and seafoods. We ended up having the bruschetta and grilled calamari for our appetizers and I also ordered a caesar salad. The bruschetta was very nice on toastes italian bread with a perfectly seasoned tomato, basil, garlic topping. I didn't really find anything too special about the grilled calamari but I was happy that my caesar salad had a wonderful homemade dressing and homemade croutons as well, very nice.
For our main courses, we each ordered a special for that day. I had the lobster stuffed ravioli, very nice in a tomato cream sauce. It could have been a little less salty, and the lobster meat could have been a little more substantial but all in all a very good dish. My SO ordered the grilled salmon with pasta. I can't remember what sauce it was in, some sort of lemon cream reduction but it was grilled to perfection and the pasta (a linguini with cream sauce and mushrooms) was perfect, not too heavy on the sauce.
We didn't really order any spectacular dessert, as we were both really full. I was happy to find that they had homemade Spumone ice cream (for some reason I really like Spumone ice cream). And my boyfriend got a Lemon Sorbet, which was refreshing after the heavy meal.
The waitstaff was friendly and helpful, but they may be under-staffed if the restaurant was really busy. I have read some comments from two years back where people complained that the service was terrible, but our meal had no hitches, we weren't rushed and we didn't feel like we had to wait very long between our courses. All in all a very nice place to have a good italian meal... I should explore more of Elm Street the next time I'm there, seems like there are quite a few interesting restaurants in the area.