What used to be an upscale pizza place has been transformed into Italian gastronomic heaven by celebrity chef Mario Batali and his associates over the last five years. Five of us in the family went together, all ordering different dishes, and sharing tastes around the table. Focaccia is served with an assortment of olives swimming in olive oil - delectable. Nancy's chopped salami salad was perfectly dressed and ample for five large tastes. Duck crostini was an excellent warm-up for the coming entrees. Although I personally did not taste the chicken francaise or the broccoli rabe (rapini) the family's specialist in those dishes pronounced the rapini perfect, but the francaise a little under-lemony. The garganelli with trio of mushrooms was outstanding. The sliced duck breast was as good as any place in the world. The tagliatelle bolognese was just the right balance of pasta and meat. The game hen was perfectly seasoned and cooked. The fingerling roasted potatoes were ample and delightfully oiled and spiced - just right. The wine pour for single glasses of wine came intelligently in quarter bottle carafes. The only shortcoming of the feast was that we didn't have room for dessert. Service was attentive, friendly, and prompt. Total bill, including wine and generous tip came to less than $60 a person. Reasonable for the quality and quantity and service.
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