I had heard a lot of decent buzz so we went last night for dinner. After being greeted warmly by Nick and quickly seated, we were asked if we were going to a show, I presume for the pacing of the meal. Nice touch. We were not in any hurry though, and the service was still prompt and friendly. I ordered the grilled octopus as it's a fairly rare item on most menus. It arrived promptly, very small diced bits on very crunchy crostini. Hard to see any grill marks and it was room temperature. It was mildly pleasant but missed the mark I was anticipating. Still, there were four crostini with a little pesto schmear on the plate. enough to share. For entree I ordered the sausage and rapini over campanelle pasta, and my husband always goes for the spaghetti and meatballs as a benchmark test for a new restaurant. Both had properly cooked pasta, a rarity in most places. My dish was overflowing, so I knew half was going home with me. The sausage chunks were delicious, mild but fennelly yummy. The rapini was also al dente and delicously mildly bitter as is right! And the sauce which coated the pasta was garlicky and addictive. Usually with this big a plate I would get bored halfway through, but not the case. It was just as good lightly reheated the next night. The meatballs (2) were hugh, with a twisted pile of al dente spagetti nestled in between. They were soft and infused with a very traditional homemade flavor in that Sunday sauce. The dish was demolished...no leftovers. The ambiance is fine. It's not fancy, but neither is the food or the attitudes of the staff. And neither are the prices. I've been to Italy extensively and this is actually typical of some very satisfying italian osterias. I would not hesitate to come back for more.
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