Relatively small Italian restaurant in the center of Gainesville with only about a dozen tables. Book well ahead; particularly for times like UF graduation weeks.
Ambience just right inside - surprising as you walk past the closed store fronts nearby in as yet to be revitalized old downtown. Warm and inviting with pleasant and friendly staff.
Food choices more than adequate - specials proved to be the best choice that evening with fish (swordfish and salmon) perfectly cooked and filet mignon butter tender. Salads and snails all proved noteworthy and although the dessert menu was minimal the cheesecake and chocolate covered cappuccino ice cream turned out to be the best we have eaten in a while. If pushed to give any negative criticism I would say the pricing on the bottles of wine was outrageous. I spotted bottles that had to be a 300 to 400% markup which made choices limited from a list of a couple of hundred bottles to a handful that were in the price range of the average diner there. Too bad.
But overall this is an excellent choice in a college town where those visiting parents - many of which are not lacking in funds despite the kids educational costs - may wish to dine not too far from the campus.
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