It is all about the food. Looked over several reviews, and agree, It is a very small place and they do look for quick turnover. We were lucky. It was a Wednesday night, the weather wasn't great, and we went early (5 PM) got right in, and when we left about 40 minutes later, there was still no line; however, all the tables were pretty much full. Our waitress, Rosemarie, was awesome. Even though she told us to take our time, service was prompt and seemed polite, friendly, but rushed, and once we ordered our appetizer, the calamari, - things happened "quickly" the last taste was off the plate and the plate was removed. Both main entrées were excellent, the Ziti with shrimp. scallops & broccoli in a garlic cream sauce, And the Fettuccini with Prosciutto & Peas in a garlic cream sauce. All the choices on the menu board looked awesome. We did note that it is paper napkins, and no table cloth and CASH ONLY, also there were no real "salads" and of course no dessert,!; so it does turn a table around fairly quickly. But it just gave us an excuse to get coffee & desert at one of the North End's famous bakeries (Lets not quibble over either Modern or Mikes; both are outstanding.) The bill was very reasonable, in fact what we paid for the shared appetizer, 2 glasses of wine, and 2 entrées; was about what one meal with wine would cost in many other places in the North End. We would certainly go again, but it is not the place for a leisure supper, and quiet interlude. It IS all about great food at a great price. I think that is why it is so popular. We would definitely go back the food is as good as what we have had in Italy (and in some cases BETTER!)
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