This was a decent (and by decent, I mean we ate it) meal with good service. Yes, the garlic knots are highly addictive in an oh-my-word-this-is-so-bad-for-me-but-I-cannot-stop way. Drool! Our server suggested the calamari and stuffed mushroom appetizers. We ordered small portions of each, but they brought large ones (and charged us for it-- we didn't realize they brought larges until we saw the bill, but didn't care enough to argue against it). The calamari was average and we did not enjoy (or finish) the mushrooms. Perhaps the mushrooms were too old; they seemed to have taken on that "stinky" flavor that mushrooms develop when they've been sitting too long. The stuffing was not good either. We had the linguini with clams, which was quite good and flavorful, and farfalle with eggplant which was... kind of dreadfully bland. It had a nondescript white sauce with a few diced pieces of tomato and eggplant here and there. We smothered it with parmesan to give it some sort of flavor.
We went early in the evening because we had kids in tow, but also because I had heard about some communal singing and toasting that happens later on. Kill me now! I'm not a grinch (not exactly, at least), I'm just an introvert. That kind of thing gives me MEGA heeby jeebies, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels that way. Yes, of course the singing is voluntary, but if everyone in the restaurant is singing, it's just weird if you don't join in. So, if you are an introvert like me, you might want to find out what time they do the singing and avoid dining during that window.
I was not unhappy upon leaving, but would not return.
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