I almost feel sacriligious saying this because it's such an Indy tradition. I've been there twice now and maybe it was what I ordered the first time or maybe they were having a less than spectacular night. I want to say Kudos to the hostess who kept her cool on a very busy night. We waited an hour and a half, but we arrived without reservations. My husband ordered the calimari which he said was very good. We had Caesar salad which was good also. I had the chicken piccata, which is a favorite of mine. The sauce was excellent and many capers (too many), but the chicken is just too thick and lacked the crispness that piccata usually has. I prefer it thinner. My husband had the linguine in clam sauce. Two things: shell in the sauce and way too peppery.
Like I said it was very busy that night and maybe the cooks were just too busy. I wonder why the portions are so huge. We both had leftovers. The spaghetti that came with my piccata was portion size rather than a size and the portion of linguine that my husband had was like a double portion. It seemed like everyone had a take out container when they left. I just think that too many restaurant portions are too huge. Make smaller and make more money. I might have ordered dessert if I had less food to eat. We were staying in a hotel so taking it with us was not an option.
I want to say kudos to the excellent olive oil that was on the table also. So many restaurants have old or substandard. This was fruity and good.
I'll try Iaria again at a time when it is less insane. The service was very good. I don't know how you stay sane when it's that busy.