After reading some reviews, my husband and I decided to try Sarafino's for dinner on a Saturday date night. Since other reviews mentioned that it gets crowded with long waits, we called a day before to make a reservation. They don't accept true reservations, but instead work on a call-ahead seating basis, so we called back on Saturday around 6 and got right in at 6:30 when we arrived.
It is an incredibly small restaurant in a older building. We parked on the street, but I think there may be parking on a side street or behind the building as well. It was a cooler night, but very warm in the restaurant even with the fans running. I could see it getting uncomfortably hot in the summer months without air conditioning. The tables are also very close together, which I didn't really mind...gave it a cozy feel.
The freshly baked bread and dipping oil that came out first was probably the best I've ever had. The oil had sun-dried tomato and other herbs mixed in, and it was outstanding with the fresh from the oven warm bread. We ate half of the bread loaf in record time. Next came my salad with their house balsamic dressing and fresh greens. It was also incredibly good, probably one of my favorite salads at a restaurant.
My husband had an italian sausage sandwich that came with a pasta salad. It was a large portion of sandwich, and he said it had nice flavor. He wasn't crazy about the pasta salad and found it an odd combination to pair with that sandwich, but someone who is a fan of pasta salad may like it. I had the Rita's pasta special. The penne was cooked nicely, but there was a bit too much sauce and it seemed more soupy than pasta. It had a nice flavor, but fishing for the pasta was a little annoying so I'm not sure I would get it again. I would probably try the pizza or another dish next time.
Now to address the only negative part of our visit, the service. Our waitress was probably the least personable lady I've ever seen. She never cracked a smirk, let alone a smile, and was verrrry slow at bringing us anything. Since its BYOB and I forgot the wine on the way out of the house, we had water which was never refilled and I eventually gave up. Luckily we weren't in a hurry to get out, but the speed of service and demeanor of the staff could definitely be improved on.
Overall, we had a good experience and I would return to try something new again. Hopefully it will have better service next time.
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