Was invited here for my SIL's B-day. I'm not a big fan of italian food but this place knocked my socks off. I grew up in the S.F. Bay area where good Italian food is the rule rather the exception. I've been in Tucson for about a year and a half now and have found it to be kind of a gastronomic black hole. I've been to some of the "best" resturaunts here and frankly, I guess I'm spoiled. In the S.F. Bay area, good is just expected. Here, not so much. Also, I decided that, until the economy picks up, I will not submit bad reviews on any establishment I happen upon because I figure that this economy is hard enough on food service providers without me broadcasting that I think a place sucks so I only review places I'm impressed with.
I was impressed! I guess this place has been around since before the dead sea was sick and I can see why. First of all, the location is on Fourth street in Tucson which is sort of like Tucson's version of Haight Street in S.F. so people watching is interesting. Upon entering, the decor was about what you would expect from an affordable Italian place. Cheap murals on the walls and no tablecloths. But the food... The food was fantastic! We had a party of seven. We ordered a platter of antipasti for four and is was pleanty for all of us. People ordered various things and I got to taste a wide variety of their fare and without exception, it was all, over the top good. The only problem I could see was that the preportions were way too much. I asked the waitress how they felt about splitting a dinner between two diners and was told that it's done all the time and they have no problem with it. With the entrees on the high side costing under $15.00 this seems to me to be the way to go unless you are a pro football player or someone with a huge appitite. Overall, If this is not the best place I have eaten in Tucson, It's right up at the top of the list and if you factor in the prices...unbeatable.
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