We came in for lunch with a Groupon. The restaurant is a cute little place, completely maxed out with faux-Italian decor but in a cozy way. The whole time we were in the restaurant, it appeared there was only one employee running every front-of-house task: seating newcomers, taking orders, running food, answering the phone, bringing drinks, busing tables, cashiering, etc. I'm not sure if someone else was scheduled and then didn't show or if this is the norm. It did seem like it took a long time for all of our food to come out but we weren't in a hurry and could see the place was minimally staffed. This one employee was very efficient, polite, and friendly, and excited to make recommendations about menu items of interest to us.
We started with an appetizer: Strangolapreti. The menu said it was "oven baked spinach and ricotta dumplings, topped with fresh tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella and grans padano." I guess I saw the word "dumpling" and assumed the spinach/ricotta would come in a shell of some sort - pastry or pasta - but it was actually just a ball of spinach and cheese. It tasted better spread over the bread our server brought us but was not worth the menu price, in our opinion.
We then split the gnocchi entree with four cheese sauce. My husband really liked the gnocchi. I appreciated that the gnocchi was very light and well-made, but the sauce had an almost bitter taste as though one of the four cheeses was just not a cheese I like. We had mentioned we would be splitting this item when we ordered it and the kitchen thoughtfully presented it already divided in half on two plates for us so we would not have to do this ourselves. If I ever come back to this restaurant I think I would try the gnocchi again, but with a different kind of sauce.
We also split the "Pizza con Speck" which was on the list of special items. This was the best of all the food items we ordered, but there are other pizza venues in town with equivalent if not better accomplishments.
I'm not sure if we will come back to this restaurant. Although the atmosphere and service were good, the food is no better than many other restaurants we have tried elsewhere.
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