The atmosphere is cozy and the service is ok. But the food was so mediocre. It wasn't send-it-back, I-can't-eat this, but with so many other restaurant choices in Laguna Beach, I would not go here again.
We had the puttanesca and cheese tortellini with meat sauce. My pasta was literally swimming in sauce, which I normally don't mind. But there was so little pasta to sauce ratio. And, the pasta was overcooked. The tortellini tasted like it came straight off the dried pasta shelf of Alberson's with a completely unmemorable sauce.
The service was pretty good though. When I asked whether the gnocchi was house made, the server made the effort of checking with the kitchen rather than assuming it was. Turns out, it was not. She said the gnocchi is made fresh daily and delivered to the restaurant. While I suspect that is the case with all the stuffed pasta (i.e. tortellini, ravioli), the tortellini definitely did not taste like it was made fresh daily.
I really wish it could be a cozy, little go-to Italian place, it wasn't even close.
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