The tables are set as if you are in a fine dining establishment.
The bar with Frank Sinatra or the latest mariachi band you need to walk through to be seated is as weird as the Mexican villa decor. Really strange.
Get past that and both the food and service are very good, in fact the service was excellent.
We had two appetizers. The Maryland Crabcakes, for an Italian restaurant, were excellent and although I'm generally a crabcake purist, the sauce they were plopped in was very good too. The arugula on the side was a nice try, but the dish did not come of as Italian at all.
We had two entrees. Both very good to excellent. But not Italian! Even the linguine with littleneck clams, as fresh as it was, did not taste like real Italian food we had in northern, middle or southern Italy. The other entree, Scallops, were plopped down on a bed of mashed potatoes. A shame because the scallops were large, juicy and wonderful. I love spuds but I don't want potatoes on my scallops!!!
They don't really have a mariachi band, but when "Frank" took a break, the band reverted to Mexican favorites for a four-song stint, which matched the decor. I was waiting for La Cucaracha to break out any song.
Overall, an unbalanced experience but the food was good enough we will probably return. Some day. There are better restaurants in Rockville.
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