It can be hard to find Italian (or indeed, any) restaurants in central York that have not dropped to common denominator tourist-level standard. But friends kept recommending this place, so eventually we gave in, and went on a date on a child-free evening. First impression was very positive - it's a cheerful place where the staff are welcoming, and the presence of a family with young children who were obviously regulars made us think that perhaps the offspring should have come too. Most of the seating is in an upstairs room, light and full of small tables, overlooking the street.
The starter plate of mixed antipasti was just right - it came with Sardinian flatbread, which was light and crispy, and new to us. The home-made fresh pasta mains were delicious - black linguini with seafood for one, and cheese ravioli in a mushroom and truffle (not too truffly) sauce for the other. A rocket salad came with, and was fresh and light too. We did well on the wine, with a light and fresh (sorry, keep using that word) Barbera - not cheap, but worth it.
Criticisms? When I ask for a jug of tap water, please bring a jug not a glass - we were thirsty, and the wine is there to sip, not glug to slake a dry throat. A bit slow with the bill, but it was a busy evening and we weren't in a rush. Stop at the deli counter downstairs and have some of their mortadella and "music bread" on the way out, to take a little souvenir with you. Recommended.
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