If you expect fast service and impeccable perfection (move on to the chain restaurants and set your food expectations lower). We were looking for a "Very Good Italian place in New England".
We live outside of Boston and expanded the search to RI, NY, Maine, .... This place hit our radar and we tried it. About an hour north of the city and hit a quaint little downtown place.
Cons: The water was very poor (so instead of complaining we got a bottle of sparkling water), the staff was young and slow. The food was slow coming.
Pros: The food was MORE than worth the wait! The young waiter was very knowledgeable and explained anything we wanted (and we did have 6 questions about the specials and menu).
Here is where the amazing steps in... The Chef/Owner was happy, and cooking for everyone there with personal passion. Our table ordered 2 apps, 2 dinners that came with 2 salads, a bottle of sparkling water and a bottle of wine (which I suggest). We got, 2 apps, ANOTHER small dish of the Chefs specials on a tester plate as he explained other things that make and for us to "give a try". Then the Salads came out (find a Cesar salad that rivals this would be hard especially considering they make even their own bread crumbs). Then if that wasn't enough taste testing, ANOTHER sampler dish came out by the Chef of just 2 each small samples of other offerings on their menu. The followed by the Main Course.
Allow me to describe their offerings. My spouse is a picky eater, who loves pasta, I am such a particular person that I make my own pasta at home that comes out AWESOME, yet we find it hard to find a place that has great homemade pasta. If I can suggest the gnocchi and the butter nut ravioli, you cannot go wrong. Do ask for more home-made bread to lap up those awesome sauces also. I'd be amiss if I didn't tell you that you couldn't get a better pasta dish even in New York City by some of the Food Network Chef's places.
This chef is bringing some AMAZING flavors to Amesbury. Truly his love for cooking shines right through on his meals. It was our first time, yes lots of marketing is not there as their website is less than desirable, BUT... if your looking for AUTHENTIC "Really Really" good pasta type dishes and your within a drive from Amesbury, MA This place gets my two thumbs up.
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