Saturday, January 27, 2007
Lovely change of pace
A great find! We wanted a nice new restaurant because we were tired of Olive Garden, etc. We stumbled on this restaurant and loved it. We went on a Friday night--we made a reservation for 7:15 and did not have to wait, but the wait around then didn't look to be longer than 10 minutes. The interior is nice, authentic, and well-decorated--and all the staff was speaking Italian. It was a good sign. Service was very good, the food was definitely great--garlic knots were delicious. Their tomato sauce was also a highlight--uniquely fresh tasting and wonderful--so different from the usual canned stuff. Calamari was great. Plates were very big--recommend the Eggplant Parmigiana. Overall, a wonderful, authentic dinner we will repeat, though perhaps with some wiser food choices (spaghetti carbonara was good--only after I picked out the flavorless pancetta). As for the location, we were perplexed by the negative reviews. It's not in a bad or sketchy location at all. It is right next to a Jersey Mike's Subs, but after all the best places are holes in the wall!
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Pros: service, garlic knots, calamari, big plates, big menu, authenticity
Cons: can't think of any