I'm loath to give this place a one-dot review -- I'd have given it two dots, but with the key for two dots meaning "okay, but some problems," that wouldn't be an accurate assessment for us.
We had reservations on a night in which the restaurant was half-full. We arrived about 15 minutes early but still weren't seated for about 20 minutes. Despite there being three wait staff for approximately 12 seated tables, service was terrible. Our server was nice enough but hardly ever came around. Now, there are servers who leave you alone, and there are servers who abandon you, and unfortunately she was one of the latter.
But hey, we were there for the food, so let's get to that. The appetizers were the best part, and it went quickly downhill from there: we started with the Hawaiian risotto (basically just risotto and kalua pork) and the soup of the day, a crab chowder. Both were simple and delicious.
For salads we had a mixed greens with goat cheese and a caesar. The caesar was pretty disappointing: very tired lettuce and a bland dressing. But the goat cheese salad was inedible, and my wife barely touched it. (It's also noteworthy that the server didn't acknowledge that we'd rejected it, and it stayed on the bill, something a more attentive server would have attempted to rectify one way or another.)
Our entrees were better but still lackluster. My wife had the signature salmon-and-shrimp dish in which the shrimp was the only decent part, and I had duck leg confit, which had good flavor but soggy texture. Both of our dishes came with a tricolore assortment of garnishes which appeared to meld with the Italian name of the restaurant but had nothing to do with Italian cooking, the entrees they were meant to accompany, or, for that matter, even each other.
The dessert was a tough brownie topped with coconut and passion fruit sorbets, all encased in a meringue that had been raked and torched. It was gorgeous but, again, disappointing.
Overall, we felt that the restaurant seems to try too hard to be gourmet. They'd do better to rein in their influences and menus, though in some cases such as our salads, even simple items were poorly done.
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