We were looking for a restaurant this past Friday night that we hadn't tried and I remembered seeing this one while driving south on Rte 28 in Salem. So we decided to try it and it was a good experience. We didn't have a reservation and arrived about 7:30. We waited just about 20 minutes at the bar. While sitting there, the people to the left of us received their food and the dish I could see was two very nice looking stuffed pork chops. The gentleman said that they come here frequently and always have a nice meal.
Once seated, we ordered and finished our wine - which were very generous pours. The white was Cavit Pinot Grigio, not my favorite but drinkable. The bread came - nothing special with little containers of butter and Promise. This is a pet peeve of mine...with all the good Italian bread floating around the area, why not serve a good crusty Italian with dipping oil?
We ordered Chicken Danielle and a chicken ravioli special, plus a caesar salad to share. All were more than ample servings and good, once we added salt and pepper. I'm always amazed at kitchens that are afraid to season their food. And while the place had that nice "garlicky" smell, there wasn't a trace of it in my chicken dish. That, some capers, and more than a couple sprinkles of the Kalamata olives that were supposedly part of the dish would have made a big difference. My dish came with a side of pasta with marinara. I don't like sweet sauce, and this one didn't disappoint. But again, a little more seasoning would transform a dish from ordinary to outstanding.
The service was spot-on, the atmosphere very nice - white tablecloths, strands of white lights adding a little sparkle, and some tables are in little alcoves for a bit of romantic privacy. The bar area is big with two flat screen tvs mounted high on one wall but silenced. It might be a pleasant place to hang out and watch your favorite sporting event without a loud bar scene. Because it's located in a strip mall area, parking is ample.
We'll go again and make a few requests to have our food seasoned more to our preferences. It's an easy fix.
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