Although there is patio seating facing Bay St., the hot sun was beating down on it, and the few tables with umbrellas were occupied. So, we opted to sit inside, and we're glad we did. We lucked out and got a two-top at a window with a view of the Bay in the distance and a small garden under the window where we watched a squirrel and a baby rabbit scampering among the plants. The restaurant interior is bright and uncluttered. Service was warm, cordial and efficient throughout. Even the young man who filled water glasses was very friendly. It was apparent that the restaurant was setting a high standard of customer service.
The food was excellent as well. The balsamic vinegar served with the fresh bread was rich and as sweet as wine. I found myself sipping spoonfuls of it after I ran out of bread to dip into it. The lobster and mushroom gnocchi small plate was exceptional. The bits of lobster were very tasty and tender, the housemade gnocchi were delicate and deliciious, and the creamy sauce was light and flavorful. We were pleased with our entrees of Margherita Pizza and Beef tenderloin medallions with an asparagus and mushroom risotto. The risotto was very good, the medallions were well-seasoned and the demi-glace was full of flavor, though I did find it all just a bit too salty. The meat was cooked correctly, if a bit tough around the edges where it was seared.
The desserts were a satisfying end to the meal. The soft and light creme brulee with bits of mango had a wonderful crisp caramel top. The key lime cheesecake special was tart and light. We devoured all of it. The coffee came in a small French press pot, which was a delightful surprise, though it could have been a bit stronger.
We highly recommend this terrific restaurant.