We looked at tripadvisor for ideas on a new Italian restaurant to try and decided numero uno in Temecula should be a good choice.
The decor and ambiance are first rate and provide a very nice dining experience. There is a separate bar area to enjoy Happy Hour and inexpensive house wine and appetizers. The "wine cellar" is interesting as it is basically a glassed in room allowing the unique wine racks and their contents to be viewed by the diners. Most of the seating is booth style and the booths are high enough to provide visual privacy - some are floor to ceiling providing an intimate setting approaching a private room. Numerous paintings/murals of Italian scenes are a nice touch.
The food is very good and reasonable priced. Portions are quite generous - the Insalata Di Legumi was large enough to be shared. The Cioppino sauce was more like a sweet tomato soup than the hearty Marinara/Arrabbiata ones I prefer, but it was good and there was adequate sea food and none required shelling. A generous serving of Cannelloni Al Forno was quite good. We ordered house wines which were quite drinkable. The plain white table bread was good, but could be improved. Some of the recipe variations may be regional. Our travels in Italy are mostly in the northern half; one of the wait staff was a recent immigrant from Sicily and liked the food preparation as it was representative of her "culture" as she put it.
The wait staff, of which we saw several in addition to our primary waiter, were all pleasant, helpful, efficient and seemed genuine in their pride of working there.
It is a restaurant to which we will return to try more of the dishes, with the hope they will be similarly received and enjoyed.
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