This is one of those restaurants which I would believe most of us hardly ever go to unless we are feeling financially flush or we need a real pasta fix. Let's start out with some negatives... First off, you have to be lucky and/or determined to get in, because you undoubtedly will have to wait a long time... I'm talking 30-90 minutes... and on most days you aren't going to fit inside the place while you are waiting so think about that when inclement weather is present. Secondly, the prices can be off-putting... especially when you receive your glass of wine or bowl of pasta and see how little you are getting. Thirdly, you are going to be packed in tightly while you eat (the fact that they still have a coat check at the tiny bar booth is an indication as to how much space you will have when you are sitting). And lastly, the service is generally alright but you probably won't get much attention, and pretty much everyone who works there has a look on their face which makes you feel like you showed up 1 minute before closing time. OK, so much for the downsides... as I started out saying, if you need a "real" pasta fix, this is still the place to go. By that I mean fresh ingredients, home-made pastas cooked perfectly, sauces which will haunt you, meatballs that will make you cry, and an unfailingly honest Caesar salad. Oh, and the large salads definitely feed 2-4 people depending how much salad you want with your pasta. They have an ever-changing menu, along with seasonal specialties. Plus you simply cannot create pasta dishes at home that have similar delicacies contained within nor the interminglings of flavors. And I also suppose it is hard to find many restaurants in the cities here that provide pasta dishes at the level this place does... but that being said, if you are looking for simple spaghetti and meatballs that fill you up and satisfy you as comfort food does, this is probably not the place to go. Then again, if you want to feel like an addict for days after you leave, worried you might be addicted to pasta, then by all means join the throngs of similarly-affected people and make sure at one member of your party tries one of the day's specials (or maybe just order it for the table, if you have the extra cash, since it may not be enough for you once everyone tastes it).
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