This restaurant had been off my radar, although my wife and I used to eat at the place that was previously in this spot. I regret this - we have missed years of excellent dining! Luckily, we finally wised up, and tried A Cena last week. I'm happy to report it was fantastic, start to finish.
We got a friendly welcome when we walked in the door, and were immediately taken to our table (yes, Virginia - reservations are a good idea). Decor is cozy, tables are a little small & close together, but we're not unused to that. Service was attentive without being cloying, and waiter was very knowledgeable about the food; for wine questions, he went and asked the bar, which is good - he wasn't too proud to admit he didn't have all the answers, AND the advice we got was spot on.
Food was delicious - started with the baked Scamorza cheese, shared between two people. A gooey cheesefest! Smokey flavor of the melted cheese combined with crispy toasted ciabatta was a delight. Entrées were Pappardelle with duck confit and Tagliatelli with wild boar bolognaise -- impossible to say which was better. One note - as mentioned by other reviewers, portions are large - we could have easily shared one of these plates. Pasta dishes are offered in half sizes, which you might consider if you want to have dessert; we didn't, and we couldn't!