This well-known Italian restaurant has been on our radar for some time now, so we finally decided to give it a try. It was early afternoon, so we opted for lunch fare, rather than a full scale meal. Pizza and a salad sounded perfect, we tried the Large Sausage and House Salads with Oil and Vinegar, just to keep it simple. Our server was very friendly and informative, brought us water right away and a huge basket of bread, certainly not made in-house, but at least it was fresh out of the oven and accompanied by the Garlickiest (is that a word?) tapenade I'd ever tasted, yum! This part of the meal was so good, it honestly would have been enough with the salad, which wasn't anything to write home about, but ample in its size and the lettuce was fresh enough, even if it was iceberg and endive, there was one piece of what looked like bib or maybe red leaf, but not the mix we had hoped for. The Oil & Vinegar was not good, obviously not a good quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil and just a non-descript White Vinegar (certainly not Balsamic) and there were so many herbs and spices, the liquid would barely pour out of the carafe!
Anyway, we enjoyed dipping the bread in the tapenade and munch down the salad, wishing it were so much more (since we'd heard good things about this place). The pizza came out hot, hot, hot, very large but lacked Tomato Sauce. The cheese was okay tasting, could have used more and the Sausage was pretty much tasteless. Thin crust, baked nicely on the bottom, pastry-like but not crispy, had to be purchased (another disappointment) rather than dough made in their own kitchen. On top of the ho-hum food, the atmosphere is bar-like, owners appeared indifferent to us and the floor was absolutely sticky, tile looked like it hadn't been mopped in years and the out of place, overstuffed chairs were ripped and their insides were coming out. Then the kicker was the place only accepts cash! The best thing I can say about this restaurant is that there is a pleasant outside area where there is a fountain, tile and nice tables with umbrellas. Based on this experience, I would not recommend this restaurant, there are so many more to choose from that are basically in the same price range where you can get a real, homemade crust and tasteful toppings (and the others in the area take credit cards). Sorry, Luna thumbs down.
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