It's too bad that people have hit or miss experiences here, because this was a complete hit for me. A friend and I walked in Monday evening after wandering around for a bit, having no idea where we were going. My phone was dead and I had no way to plan in advance (SO unlike me). We picked it utterly randomly - because it was beautifully inviting from the outside and because I love pickled peperoncini. Despite the initial draw, our orders had no peperoncini involved. I picked the gnocchi and he got a pizza, which unfortunately isn't listed on their website's menu, but was delicious - mozzarella, tomato sauce, and some kind of spicy salami. The sauce was excellent, both in my gnocchi and on his pizza. I wouldn't say it's the best pizza I've ever had (Di Fara's is, for the record) but it's pretty high up there. For the price, it was great bang for the buck. The gnocchi WAS one of the best renditions I've ever had. Utterly tender and delicious - already dreaming about it again. The service was incredibly friendly, the Italian waiter's accent genuine, and the ambiance sublime. I mean, brick walls, flickering candlelight, and a huge gorgeous pizza oven? You can't really go wrong. This was the definition of rustic. Bonus - people next to us were speaking Italian. Authentic! We were talked through the specials but they were also printed out as a flyer in our menu. A big pet peeve is when specials (and their prices!) aren't actually written down anywhere. Love that this place got that right. The specials looked fantastic - already looking forward to returning and trying them. We were given a few tastes of different wines before going with our server's initial recommendation - more bonus points to him for picking something that went so perfectly with our meals. He was careful to give the price of the wine when he recommended it to us (it was new and not listed in the menu) which I loved - nothing more awkward than asking the price of things that aren't written down anywhere. He also treated us to an adorable story involving Andrea Bocelli. A sweetheart, all around. The only part I didn't absolutely love was the free bread served with our meal. It was room temperature, lacking that beautiful crust, and served with a cold eggplant mixture. The taste of both was fine, but it didn't feel homey and warm and fresh, like the rest of our meal. That said, it was free - not knocking off points for that. The vibe of this place is very European - i.e. service is leisurely and you will be allowed to sit as long as you like. No one will give you the check until you ask for it. Which, personally, I love. It allows the world to recede so you can actually emerge from dinner refreshed. But be prepared in case you're trying to dash quickly. I'd really recommend this place for dining in, for a slow, romantic experience. It's stellar for date nights if you actually like the person with whom you're spending time and have lots to talk about. If you're ordering takeout or delivery or trying to eat quickly, you'll still get great food, but you'll miss what was to me a really great facet of this restaurant. I found this place to be massively underrated on Yelp - I loved it.
Nidhi B. on Dec 8, 2014