Thanks to the postings by John Cip and Chris, we decided to try Sovalo for dinner tonight. It was a winner.
It's at 2nd and Fairmount, where Pigalle used to be. The menu is small - 5 antipasti, 4 pastas, and 5 "secondi"s. Everything sounded good.
I started with Menisha ($6.00), which was described as a minestrone with green vegetables - tiny brussel sprouts, fennel, dandelion greens, etc. in a tasty chicken broth, accompanied by garlic toast. Something a little different, and I liked it. My husband enjoyed his grilled broccoli rabe ($7.75), with mozzarella and olive bruschetta.
All four of us ordered the ravioli ($11.25)as a main course. Here's the description: roasted pear, onion and fontina ravioli, sage brown butter. Marvelous! The pasta was silky and delicate, and the filling unusual and delicious.
The meat, fish and poultry entrees ranged from $16.95 to $21.95.
There were four desserts available. My husband and I shared a warm (basmati?) rice pudding with pieces of roasted apple in it; we loved it. We tasted the chocolate torta with mascarpone cheese that our friends ordered; basically a flourless chocolate cake, but a good version.
Sovalo has a bar, but you are welcome to bring your own wine. We went early - 6:30 - and by the time we left at 8:30, the place was nearly filled. There is music from the adjoining bar, but you can still talk.
The room is attractive, and the place is casual and comfortable, with pleasant, friendly service.
Sovalo has been open less than a week, and we never would have found it without the recommendations from John and Chris on Chowhound.
Try it. You'll like it.