This places echos the Italian authenticity of an intimate watering hole in the old country. The lights and decor is intimate, Baroque almost. The immediate door area was a little bit of a cluster, between too many people in a small space, but thats no reason to take away from this place. I couldnt decide if the foyer hall being ceiling-to-floor pictures of people who've dined there was charming or trying too hard.
But onto the important factors: the food. The wait staff was Italian, and a little fast talking and brusque, but that was ok. They were always there, refilling, primping, checking on us. The food was tremendously delicious. The menu has something for everyone, especially the dessert menu! I wanted a house salad, but my husband was not sure, so they just split it for us without pushing us to buy another salad he may not eat, which was very nice. Even though we ordered two desserts to share, they still brought us some biscotti and a lowball of amaretto which was DIVINE and smooth, not at all potent or blatantly smelling of liquor. The owner, Sergio popped by a few times to make sure we were all set, and it was pleasant to see him walking around. I would say though that some of the menu looked a bit overpriced, but when you boast freshly made pasta and quality food, I guess infaltion in price should be a given. For two of us to have a bottle of wine, an appetizer, a salad, entrees, and two desserts it was $120. Not horrible, and we will definitely be back again for a nice evening out.