I'm not one who loves Italian food the way so many people I know do, including my wife. I mention this only to point out that I am not an Italian food connoisseur.
My wife asked if we could try to find a good Italian Restaurant in our area, to get a break from Olive Garden. Being new to the area, I began searching for good reviews. Several in our area are highly rated but all received mixed reviews. This made it hard to decide which one to choose. We had driven past Via Roma many times and liked what we saw from the outside. Since all the good restaurants shared the similar mixed reviews, I just took a chance on this establishment.
Upon entering the restaurant, we immediately noticed the ambiance and liked what we saw. Instead of feeling cramped, as some have reported, I felt the surroundings were better described as "intimate". We weren't any closer to other diners than any other place we have eaten.
The waiter was great and offered good ideas to help us choose our meals. My wife ordered a dish that did not come with meat but he suggested adding meatballs which was what she wanted. I wanted a Caesar salad and my wife decided she wanted one too. He suggested we split one which was perfect since neither of us were very hungry. Upon receipt of our salad portions, we agreed it was a good decision since a whole salad would have been too much.
We ordered the lowest priced items on the menu since it was our very first outing. Her meal was a mixed vegetable pasta dish (with meatballs added) and mine was Penne in Vodka sauce with shrimp added. We both very much enjoyed our meal. The cost was around $13 each. I tasted the meatballs from my wife’s dish. They were very good and not "ordinary" Italian meatballs. They had a more “steak” flavor which I liked very much. My wife likes pesto and their bread was delicious. I don’t care for dips of most any kind but my wife reported that the pesto was very good.
The menu offers pasta, chicken, fish and steak entries. Their price range is a bit steep but for special occasions, was not excessive. The median prices range for an entree looked to be about $25. House wine was $7 per glass but generous. Serving size for our meal I would say was medium which is how we like it since the sauces were rich. Bottom line, I didn’t mind paying extra for the ambiance, good service and delicious food. On a retiree income, we will return but alas it won't be often.
The only complaint I would offer is the music was a bit too loud. However, the speaker was right behind my head which was probably the reason. I could have asked them to turn it down but chose not to. I will add that the music choice was very good where they played slow Italian music. Unlike so many restaurants that play choppy fast music to subliminally encourage diners to eat quickly.
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