I remember the day these guys opened up. I was there from day one and the quality remains as idealist today as they dreamed of when they opened and shared their hope and desire.
All the reviews are true. When I want to impress someone traveling, I bring them here because it is so unassuming and wonderfully inviting.
The courtyard is unquestionably the best place to sit during the warm months - the environment is spectacular. They always please and I am always astounded at the quality of the wait staff in such an informal setting. They are informative, engaged and caring. Sometimes, overwhelmed, but the pace of the place is like a Paris cafe where, if you aren't acting like a crazed, hurried American, and just relax and enjoy, you are rewarded to just meander with them. Other times, I have gone in to beat the rush and had a delightful meal just to eat and run.
Getting a table is often an art form because they are so small and no matter how much I like them and they like me, there just isn't a table. But this is hit or miss. Sometimes, it works to come without a reservation and other times, forget about it.
Why write about this today? I am heading there tonight - probably for the scallops, pan fried, that are to die for, and as always, I cannot imagine that the quality of the food, the delicacy of the sauces and the fine art of presentation will in any way be lacking. It is always a joy and the owner/chef, Paul, a San Francisco native, is always welcoming you as if this were his home, and treating you as a best friend.
An outstanding place - consistently - and where I go when I want to treat myself to a bit of heaven on earth, and pretend I am in Paris, in Pittsburgh.