We've made a habit of eating here before attending an entertaining play at the Santa Paula playhouse. Our recent meal was excellent. Included with the meal is fresh focaccia bread sliced and lightly toasted with butter and cheese which was so good we were glad didn’t order their bruschetta to go with our flavorful Bogle Petit Syrah that we’ve had before. The waiter told us this time we got the last bottle, understandable at $20 a bottle. Other excellent wines are available at a reasonable price as well. Our friend was trying to eat light, and ordered soup with a house salad. He found the fresh salad to be a meal in itself. His homemade minestrone was not bulked up with pasta, just vegetable and beans in a flavorful red base. We split an ample baby lettuce salad filled with apples, walnuts, bleu cheese, and raisins, served with balsamic dressing salad.The putanesca pasta was flavorful. There was no problem with adding spicy sausage, which they did at no extra cost. My salmon with capers, olives, and red peppers was well prepared and tasty. We split a bread pudding which was excellent. Servers were friendly and professional. An opera song thrown in by one of the waiters fits this historic lovely dining room.
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