First visit last night confirms much of Slim's prior observations: nice renovation, unpolished but friendly waitstaff, and large portions of rather good food for the price point.
We thought the white bean puree could use more garlic, but then we acknowledge that we like garlic more than many dinners (we grow our own - fantastic winter crop). The basil oil was a nice touch.
Husband had the rigatoni with homemade sausage and enjoyed the spiciness on a cold night.
I had the shredded oxtail with gnocchi. Frickin good. Nice tender gnocchi, very rich tasty meat with quality parmesan on top.
Excellent chocolate hazelnut gelato for dessert.
One beer, on $5/glass of house red (Slim, did someone read your prior review and make amends to the wine list?), one small plate, one app, one entree, one gellato and one cappuccino, tip and tax ($57).
Very relaxing for the Thursday night. We'll be back -- the pumpkin ravioli is calling my name.
Observed that the back room (god, I miss the pool table that was there when this place was Oskars) would probably make for a decent work gathering location.
Also observed that the bar had a nice selection of tequilas and my current favorite orange liqueur, for making margaritas with a silver tequila, the Patron Citronage (less cloying than Grand Marnier or Cointreau, which allows the steely notes of the silver tequila to come through).