I can't remember exactly how it all went down, but we were on the waterfront and stopped at the Kiosk there to ask something (in really bad Italian) and a guy named Alberto answered (in really good English). The question turned into a conversation and before we knew it we were heading up the stone path to a place I couldn't pronounce to dine at the restaurant where his buddy Matteo (pronounced Mattia) works. "He'll give you a good deal" he said. When we got there an older gentleman named Mario served us and when we asked about Matteo he tried to joke and tell us we were at the wrong restaurant. That one was on the other side of town. To which I responded I didn't care because we weren't going anywhere. One, because from the moment we walked in we knew it was a great place. Two, because my feet were killing me from all the walking we were doing and they were loving the break~ The place is very casual, but has a warm and familial feel to it. He suggested the local wine so we agreed and went back to sorting through the menu when my friend taps me and points behind me. He's at a giant wooden barrel pouring our wine into a ceramic jug. I laughed and looked at her apologetically. We both were pleasantly surprised when we tasted it. It was good. I'd say even better than most mid range bottles of white wine we get in the states~ Our food was delivered by a cheeky, young Italian (who I assumed was Matteo, we never asked we were so content) who charmed us throughout the meal with Italian lessons and good banter. I started out with my chair facing the stunning view, but turned my seat around when I realized the most exceptional view was of the interior workings of this place. Whether it was the mama chef and young lad working beside her, Matteo working the floor, the pizza chef mastering the stone oven or Princess, the demure, gray house cat who came by for a pat on the head and to assure us that we were part of their experience as well. Honestly, I think this place is great for any traveler whether it be families, friends, couples, solo or business. Though, why on earth would you want to do business at a dinner table in Italy?
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