Four of us ate here Friday night. I have to say it was the finest dining experience I have had, which is saying a lot since I've lived in the Northampton area for 50 years, and dine out often. Everything was impeccable - food, service, ambience. Even the linen was perfect. We enjoyed the fried calamari with a delicious spicy horseradish cream sauce; the calamari was perfectly fresh and crisp. The brasato al barolo was falling-off-the-bone tender and the taste was fabulous. Main courses were Chicken piccata (the best, moist chicken I've ever tasted), cannelloni, a seafood special with fettucine, mussels, clams, etc., and a winter risotto featuring winter squash and candied walnuts. I do believe the pasta for the cannelloni was hand-made; unbelievably thin and perfectly cooked, making a sometimes heavy dish a light delight. Do not miss that winter risotto - heavenly! And the seafood pasta special was excellent. The wine list is quite good and the wines were served expertly at the perfect temperature. Prices are very reasonable. You simply cannot get a meal like this anywhere else in the area, including restaurant-rich Northampton. The chef is very engaging, and gave us a complimentary cup of delicious chowder before the meal. The bar is also very comfortable with an expert bartender. The hostess does everything right, and the service is professional. Don't miss this experience!
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