A Chowhound venue if there ever was one: two kinds of antipasti to start, the standard and the special, with highlights of pickled cippolini onions, roasted/marinated red peppers, hot/pickled pale green pepperoncini, good Italian charcuterie, fine real mozzarela. This is on top of decent bread and very good oil.
With six of us ordering, entrees are all over the map, all featuring excellent, properly al dente pasta (notably the long, twisty, chewy fusilli, and the frilly, mini-lasagne-noodle-looking mafaldo). Homemade pork sausage with rabi and with green peppers, chicken and veal parm, chicken marsala, beef braciole. Conversation fades when these dishes arrive.
Desserts are decent: a not-flooring-anyone tiramisu, a better coconut gelatto. Good, right-priced wines all night, e.g., a Tuscan Sangiovese and a Sicilian nero d'avola, both from Sensi, both around $20.
Everybody loves what they get; everybody eats maybe half of it. No one kicks at the $80/head tariff, ss most of us are taking home doggie bags. Solid service throughout, though they seem about one headcount away hfrom proper staffing.
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