The first notes I will sound here are ones of graciousness and welcome. That we were a party of six arriving at different times converging from different locations didn't cause the waitstaff to miss a beat or diminish the reception each of us received. As we dribbled in in twos, our waiter greeted each duo warmly, inquired about drinks, and repeated specials. We brought a couple of bottles of red wine with us, had one uncorked, but also accepted the waiter's recommendation of a white (melange) from a vineyard in Unionville, I believe, since one of our party only drinks white wine. The wine was quite good. The waiter was excellent.
I must rave about the food. The table bread was perfect (spongy and crusty) and was accompanied by an obviously high quality olive oil, some fresh grated parmesan, and some crushed red peppers. How wise: each of us could construct our own dipping preference. And we did. The appetizers were great: an order of their version of oysters Rockefeller (terrific), an order of the cold seafood salad (tasty!) and an order of calamari with hot cherry peppers and two different sauces (again, all folks' tastes were satiated). The next course, the house salad, was fine; nothing to exclaim about. But the entrees were outstanding. A couple of us had the hot (in temperature, not spice) seafood linguine which we loved. Two lobster tails, two split crab legs, and lots of shrimp and scallops on top of linguine in a light tomato sauce made for a delectable (and bountiful!) dish. Another in our party ordered the chicken cacciatore and was extremely satisfied (and she is very picky about cacciatore!) Rounding out the order was the veal chop (kudos from that member of the party), filet mignon (high praise) and the "can't decide" seafood (crab cake, salmon and shrimp which our party member loved). The "can't decide" options for both appetizers and entrees struck all of us as a stroke of genius. And every entree, aside from the seafood and linguine, was under $30. For some, entrees at the high 20s price point may seem high (and this is Trenton, er, Ewing, NJ) but the quality merits the price in this instance.
A few members had dessert -- I remember seeing cannolis and lava cake and hearing very positive comments -- but I was way too full (and fully satisfied with my meal) to indulge.
Although this was a Friday night, nothing was rushed. And the service remained attentive throughout but not overbearing in the least.
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