Like a previous reviewer, we were expecting a wonderful experience here after glowing newspaper review. We were surprised to learn that they now have their alcohol permit and serve beer and wine since their website clearly states "don't forget to brown bag your own vino because this little gem resides in a dry county." The hostess, when we asked about this, seemed more interested in blaming it on their website provider than apologizing for the faulty info. Other patrons were bringing in their own bottles as well but restaurant did not offer to let any of us pay a corkage fee and have our own wine. Their wine was fairly expensive for this area ($9 a glass for a very ordinary Chianti), and they were pretty stingy with the amount served for that hefty price, too. Our waitress was rather slow and a couple seated after us got bread and salads long before us even though we ordered first. The salad, a seasonal mixture of marinated fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions, was excellent. The bruschetta appetizer, prepared with more homegrown tomatoes, as also very, very good. The bread was the biggest disappointment of the evening. Having dined on the delicious oven baked loaves that one of our local Italian restaurants serves up, we were expecting something similar here. We got 3 slices (WHY do restaurants do that for TWO people???) and it was stale tasting and extremely dry. Without the olive oil to dip it in, it would have been too dry to eat. The entrees (lasagna and an eggplant dish) were very tasty. So, overall, the actual food was very fresh and quite good, the bread was not good at all, the wine was overpriced for the pour you get, the service was just okay and nothing special, and the hostess was a little rude, in our opinion. Our family is Italian and we were scoping this place out as a potential spot to bring the others for special occasions, but not sure we will do that anytime soon. La Taverna, right here in Spartanburg, is a much better value.