Finally made it to this place across from the Orient Heights blue line stop. Unfortunately, didn't have the great experience most other people have. The service was not on top of things at all. I'm not sure if the younger waiter completely blew it and the Italian woman kind of saved him, or if she was supposed to be our main server and she dropped the ball. The kid was paying enough attention to the table next to ours, so I think maybe we weren't his table. Whatever, the 17 year old busboy was sweet and usually there when we needed him. The bread basket was served with the tiniest amount of olive oil, like they had to dole it out, and asking for more just brought the same amount in that little container. The woman finally came over to tell us specials and take drink orders. I was surprised that they didn't have bellinis or kir royales with their wine/champagne/cordial menu, so I went with a plain prosecco. No prices were mentioned when she listed specials. Everything looked really good and when I asked about 2 chicken dishes and their special pasta Zafferano dish, she told me to go with the chicken/prosciutto/fontina dish which I did. It was okay but the chicken was hard to cut into. Nice sauce with lots of interesting mushrooms on the side, also served with a green salad. My friend took some of the sauce for his veal milanese which was a little dry, but that often happens with that dish. There was also a section served on the bone but the meat was super rare at that point so he skipped it. The other entree of pasta w/ clams and mussels was good, very impressive mussels. Apps. were a little better I think, a nice spinach/gorgonzola/walnut salad, shrimp in a spicy sauce and my greens w/ grilled calamari and shrimp were good. Altho the calamari was cut into bigger chunks and a little flavorless even after some lemon. Shrimp were better.
Dishes were cleared and again, no one came to ask about dessert so I finally grabbed the young waiter and he told us what was in the case. We had a good cannoli and my tiramisu was all right but very liquidy at the bottom, almost like a hot fundge sundae. Not a style I like. With 5 glasses of wine, 3 apps, 3 entrees, 2 desserts, espresso and cap., it came to about $170 with tax and tip. I might try it again but won't go out of my way. At first I thought maybe cuz we were in the back corner, we were out of sight/out of mind, but the table of 3 next to us had people buzzing around them so who knows.
The hit of the weekend was an amazing choc. croissant at Blue Frog bakery. Wow, that was pretty perfect (until I go away next week at least).