Food: On our first visit to this newish Poway restaurant we made rather unadventurous choices. We started by sharing a platter of calamari fritti, a huge portion of very tender morsels of little squiddies in a well-seasoned and crispy batter. Faultless. Then I had the cheese ravioli, which was delicious, and my husband had penne with a creamy sausage sauce, equally fine. The portions are generous and we left with next day's lunch neatly boxed up. The dessert menu looked great, and I'd like to go back to sample the desserts some time.
Wine: The list is limited to four decent and well-priced Italian reds and the same for the whites. I had a split of Prosecco which gave me one-and-a-half glasses, just right, for me, to go with dinner.
Service: Very friendly and helpful. If anything, just a tad too enthusiastic - our waitress tended to interrupt our conversations in her eagerness to be assured that we thought the food 'amazing'. (We didn't, although it was certainly very good.)
Location and ambience: This is where it gets difficult. The location is certainly convenient, and if/when the old Dixieline building is occupied they will probably benefit from more traffic. The room could do with a bit of softening and dressing-up in the way of decor, as at present it is just a rectangular space with some art on the walls and pretty basic furniture - hardish chairs and plastic tablecloths. If you're looking for a place to take someone on a romantic date, this probably isn't it. The food is good, but my concern is that for the prices they are charging (entrees go up to about $20, if I remember aright) the clientele will expect rather more in the way of ambience.
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