We went with our friends last night to one of their favorite Italian restaurants. When they said it would be crowded, they were not exaggerating. It was indeed packed and the tables are barely an arm's length from each other. The servers can hardly navigate around the tables, and if you are sitting on the outside end of the table, don't even lean a little bit out of "your space." As a result the noise level is quite high, and you hear ALL of the surrounding conversations. My husband had the pollo putanesca, and it was nicely prepared with great flavors. I had very bland linguine in clam sauce; it had no seasoning, no garlic and no sauce, very disappointing. There were plenty of little neck clams but that could not make up for a total lack of sauce. The other two in our party were pleased with their dinners.