We had no difficulty in making a reservation only a few days ahead, or in changing it to a later date afterwards, and on the day we were half an hour late due to traffic, I called to let the restaurant know and they were fine about it. The service during the meal was just as good: attentive but not intrusive, maitre d'h and wine waiter very knowledgeable and gave spot on advice. One young waiter, obviously still learning his craft, dripped sauce on my guest's jacket, and although he apologized profusely and provided damp towels to clean it off, the garlicky smell still clung and I would have expected a gesture from management since it'll have to be dry cleaned, but no one seemed to notice and we didn't want to get the poor lad into trouble by pointing out what happened.
We had an aperitif of sparkling wine from Lombardia and with it came a few amuse-bouches that were both original and flavoursome, as well as some delicious warm home-made bread with olive oil ice cream. Then a complimentary starter with pumpkin, green pesto, almonds and squid ink powder, very fresh and creative in its combination of colours and textures.
We ordered à la carte and had a starter and main course each. One of us then had dessert, and we were all offered sweet creations and chocolates, so although all the portions are small, bordering on tiny, we came away fully satisfied.
The food is imaginatively presented - the raw tuna was served wrapped in leaves to be eaten with the hands, the squab came on a chunk of wood - and all of it was wonderfully tasty.
The chef came round after we finished and asked for our feedback, which is always a nice touch when genuine.
We paid about EUR100 per person including wine, which I consider excellent value given the number of complimentary tastings added to the dishes we ordered.