Considerable ambiance has been lost in the conversion from Craig and Sally's. The booths have been removed, the space has been opened up, but the cafe is now a cavernous, windowless box with too much undistinguished brown furniture and poor acoustics.
If you can get past the mediocre ambience, the food remains pretty good. The signature ossobucco remains one of the best I have ever had, a generous portion of meat falling off the bone in a puttanesca style sauce. On this visit, my partner ordered a pasta with chicken and aoli special which was also well-received.
The menu permits the mix and match selection of two appetizers for $14. We tried the chicken livers, not something we'd normally order, but very pleasing in this case.
Service was prompt, knowledgeable and courteous. Bar drinks - in our case, a martini and a marguerite - well-prepared.
If the owners could invest in a design upgrade to restore some warmth and intimacy to the di inv experience, that would be great.
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