The restaurant's decor is elegant and warm, the menu provides a variety of delicious and creative Italian specialties and Continental choices, desserts are excellent. I've been here several times and have been consistently pleased with the food.
The only reason I didn't give five stars is that it just misses on some points. For example, I asked not to have the olives and capers with my main course; a large white plate arrived with two small pieces of swordfish and spaghetti squash - all white in color and not appetizing looking. Couldn't the chef have looked at the plate and added a parsley garnish? or if that is too routine, add some sliced carrots or green beans? However, after adding a squeeze of fresh lemon to the fish (the lemon wedges arrived very soon after I asked) and a little salt to the squash, both were delicious and my plate was wiped clean. For another, the waiter arrived with a basket of bread and dips for our table of four. The bread was fine, the dips delicious - but less than a tablespoon of each dip to be shared by four? That was just chintzy. Again, when asked, the busboy delivered another plate of dips.
We ordered a selection of cheeses for dessert; they were delivered on a handsome cheese board, with four plates and one knife. Again, when requested, knives arrived for each of us.I
Bottom line: the instincts are good, the food is very very good (loved the fried chicken livers and caramelized onion appetizer!), the portion sizes considering the prices (the fish course described above was $ 29) were small and there doesn't seem to be a bigger vision of how things could be made perfect. I'll go back and our friends would, too, but it's not quite a five star place. Recommended.
p.s. We had three appetizers, four main courses, cheese plate, six drinks, special coffees for a total of $ 220 or about $ 55 a head, without tip. All felt this was reasonable for the experience.
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