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OPENED DECEMBER 2015. Italian food made from scratch: Quaint Italian Restaurant right on the main Blvd. with inside and Patio Dining. All of our Pastas, Pizza dough, fresh bread, meatballs and sauces are made daily by scratch...and nearly everything else. We also offer Steaks, Seafood, Salads, Sandwiches and homemade desserts. Fun and friendly staff. Eat inside or on our cozy outside patio. We have a full bar and a great selection of Wines. Come for a romantic dinner for 2, family fun dinner or group parties.
PRICE RANGE
$7 - $30
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
Italian, Pizza, Sicilian, Southern-Italian
FEATURES
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music, Dog Friendly, Family style, Sports bars, Gift Cards Available
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Reservations are the best way to go here as dinner time is crowded. Service was very good and the entrees were delicious, albeit somewhat overpriced. Lasagna and ravioli were very tasty and plentiful.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We ordered the special - the ravioli today!! It was AMAZING!! The other nite we ordered the pizza to go - it was great also! My opinion...you can't go wrong eating here. Great food, great service, great prices!! We will be eating here again!!

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The food is excellent, and the service is great. It is a little noisy as it is so busy. I would recommend sitting outside to get away from some of the noise. This is our favorite place to eat on the Island. I would recommend...the restaurant to anyone.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is great. I’m used to Italian food from around Boston and this place can hang with the big boys. Everything was top notch from the general manager to the hostess to the waitress. The food was great. I was craving fettuccini alfredo and...it didn't disappoint. My friend had the recommended lasagna and he said is was great. Thank you for such a good dining experience.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing food! We did have to wait a short while for a table, but nothing extreme. We had an 8" pizza, canneloni, eggplant parm with risotto, and the clam and linguine dish. Everyone was very happy. The food was delicious and plentiful. The service was...awesome and...oh yeah...the bread and dip alone was worth the visit! Just try it!More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Food is great, location is easy to find on the main strip. We have eaten here twice now, both times were great. The only weird part was the waiter brought us the check without us asking and too soon. Not sure if he wanted us...gone or what. His attitude did not indicate that, so maybe just a small mistake? Again, minor, and most likely an oversight, it did not affect our demeanor, just thought it was odd. Food, location, and prices are great.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Delicious food, nice atmosphere, great service. The bread with olive oil is wonderful. I highly recommend the meatball panini, salads, lasagna, Toscana soup, wedding soup. Great daily specials.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed January 16, 2024

Just had the worst experience. Asked for chicken Parmesan and got a small sized spaghetti and 1 meatball. Said he must have miss understood. You think? Turn the music down! Offered to place another order for me but declined. Told me that he didn't charge...me but I was charged for it! My husband was drinking reg coke and refill came back with cake zero. Again, turn the music down for your staff. Young man so he should be able to hear. Noticed his dirty finger nails when paying for the meal. WONT GO BACK!!!More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed December 31, 2023

The good is AMAZING! We had everything from Fettuccine Alfredo, Lasagna, Pizza, Kids Chicken Tenders and Fries, Ravioli. Everyone one including the children thought their meal was fantastic.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed December 28, 2023

This spot is great for a date night for just a couple or family night out. We had Joel as our sever and he was excellent. They have a large offering of wine and wide food choices. We will be back again soon.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed December 14, 2023

What a welcoming place!!! From the moment we arrived until the last delicious bite this delightful gem reminded us of small cafe in Italy!!! The antipasto tray was spot on along with some of the best cheese sticks ever….now comes our 4 entrees which we’re...prepared with the freshest ingredients ever. Table service was spot on, no need to ask for a refill, seemed like the entire restaurant was waiting on us . Military discounts given and no hassles with our Service Dog, very nice not to start yr meal off with a smile and a thank you for yr service. High recommend this delicious gemMore

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed November 22, 2023

Great patio. Decent service - had to ask for bread that was supposed to come with dinners. Eggplant parmesan very good and generous helping. Only drawback was Aglio e Olio pasta - quite plain and a small portion for $18.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed November 1, 2023 via mobile

Five of us went here on a Monday night. They were busy and we had to wait for a table. This was mostly because the weather was chilly outside and they weren’t using the outside patio. After being seated our waitress took our drink orders...(she was friendly) and informed us of the nights specials. Our dinners came to the table hot and everyone enjoyed what they got. I got chicken marsala, the chicken was very tender but the Marsala sauce was very mild. Guess everyone makes it difference. Some of the ladies got dessert martinis after dinner and said they were very good.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed October 31, 2023 via mobile

Our Favorite. We love the food, service,and atmosphere. Our server, Javier, was great, courteous and attentive. We are going back again tonight.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed October 6, 2023

Had a very nice evening meal at this restaurant with an old friend and family members. The food was excellent, the service was top-notch and the ambience was nice (although a little loud but that may just be me). It felt very homey and we...had a great time together. I had the scallops pasta dish and it was delicious. My friend, who eats there often, recommended the sausage pasta dish and the ones who got it loved it. The restaurant was a little pricey for my tastes but other than that I recommend this restaurant.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Lunch specials are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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