We had dinner here on a Wednesday night in early October. We parked around the block, in a private lot that was $2 an hour. Though it was a lovely night and there was outside seating available, with heaters going, we chose to eat inside this lovely, unusual, historic restaurant. The decor is fabulous, being an old theater. The staircase to the very narrow, 2nd floor landing seating area, is very cool. The murals are gorgeous, as the bar. Wasn't impressed with the lighting fixtures, but we didn't come for that..lol.
Our waiter was exceptional: informative, polite, funny, professional, well informed, and not intrusive, but was there when we needed him. The whole staff told us hello and good-bye and to come back another time, except for the hostess. She wasn't so good...but everyone else made up for it. :)
Food-ours was excellent. We were so happy we came here on the advice of another TA member who is from Ann Arbor. I had the Penne con Pollo e Pumate – quill shaped pasta with roasted Amish chicken, sun dried tomatoes, spinach and cream-$14. You can also get a larger portion for $20. With bread, it was more than enough to eat with the smaller size. My DH had the Orecchiette alla Rustica – “little ears” with sweet Italian sausage, garlic, red pepper flakes, broccolini, radicchio, extra virgin olive oil and pecorino romano-$20-larger portion. We were happy campers after that meal!
We left room for dessert and we shared it. We ordered the
Crespelle di Cioccolato – Chocolate crepe filled with white chocolate mousse and
raspberry sauce scattered with blueberries and raspberries on the plate. Not sure if you normally get two crepes, but we did. Maybe because they were being generous? Anyway, it was also wonderful and we went to our hotel happy and more than full.
Bathrooms OK. Could have been cleaner.
With the high level of service, the excellent food, the lovely decor, the location in the middle of Main St. Ann Arbor, I give it a 5 and highly recommend it!
We will be back again someday. :)
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