not at all what i expected. from the name and storefront appearance, i was looking forward to a home-cooked meal, like chicken pot pies, chicken-fried steak (but only a dream in boston), casseroles, etc. when i opened the menu, all i saw was . . . italian. even after stepping inside i would never have guessed it, save a few decorative plates placed above the bar/counter area.
bottled domestic beer (budweiser, coors, etc.)
small wine list (not sure of the quality)
food we ate:
fried field greens with polenta -- a bit salty but very good. mesclun atop grilled polenta triangles ( nice crust and soft interior). a warm goat-cheesy sauce was poured on top of this, and crispy pancetta was sprinkled on top.
fried calamari -- this was good. i've only had this kind a few times (the italian way with fried peppers and a marinara on the side). compared to the salt-and-pepper calamari i've had in chinatown, this is almost as good. the breading was quite remarkable as it stayed crispy until the last pieces were eaten.
chicken marsala -- nice cutlets in a nice marsala sauce with lots of mushrooms. great for dipping your bread in (and the bread was pretty good, didn't ask about the source). served with risotto which i was totally unimpressed with -- i felt like they had cooked their rice with water instead of broth and stirred in some cream after the fact. it just had no flavor.
shrimp portofino -- linguine, garlic, shrimp, white wine, tomatoes, olive oil, parsley. didn't really get a good taste; sister liked it.
spring street gnocchi -- fat gnocchi with a cream sauce, chicken cutlets, pancetta, fresh tomatoes. it was fine and a bit heavy.
one note -- the portions of the pasta are HUGE.
i will probably head back again for a plate of calamari and to try their pasta and meatballs. in a neighborhood of limited eats, this is a welcome change.