My friends and I have been coming here for years! I used to live within walking distance, so it was great to have a group meet here, but even though I've moved farther away, it's still where we all meet to celebrate a birthday or to just enjoy a $5 glass of wine with the best company I can imagine!
Sometimes I will even stop in with my children because my older ones will share a bruschetta board with me, and Postino offers a not-so-typical kids menu that my guys enjoy. And even though I brought my aunt who requested a fun local place and was aghast that I ordered a glass of wine with lunch, their bumper sticker that says, "Drinking wine at lunch is not a crime" is true. That's their special - any, and I mean any glass of wine served before 5pm is only $5. Come back later and pay up to $12 for that same glass.
With friends, my kids, or date night, this is a great place! Monday and Tuesday nights feature a $20 bruschetta board and bottle of wine after 8pm. My kind of date!
Everything on their menu is great. I love to share the bruschetta (my favorite is the mascarpone, fig, and prosciutto, but don't be tempted to order more than one of each at a visit. Variety is best with regard to their bruschetta.) My other fave is the salted caramel sundae for dessert... tres delish!
If you are lucky enough to have Eric be your server, please know that he falls into the "Demi-god of Sommeliers" category. He can answer any question you have about their wines, and make a delightful suggestion after you've told him what you like.
Two downsides: 1.) Valet parking is complimentary only at lunch. After 5p you have to pay.
2.) A friend (to whom I had raved about this place) who had never been here arrived before I did one evening (when there was no special going on) and asked for "just a house white" thinking that it would be in the $5 range. Instead of having a waiter who would explain that ALL of Postino's wines were considered "house wines," she had a waiter who brought her the $12 and wouldn't see how that was unfair. I know his name, but won't repeat it here just in case he could learn from this... Needless to say, she left with a negative feeling about Postino.
Ah, if only all the wait staff there were as communicative as Eric!
BTDubs, Postino is now offering brunch on Saturdays and Sundays... try not to get in line before me! I can't wait to try it!