Here you'll find a real Italian chef that's got garlic and knows how to use it! What it lacks in expensive decor it makes up for when that first forkful hits your tastebuds.
It starts with the oh-my-god-this-is-so-good dipping oil. (The first time I had this, I literally drank what was left of the three servings of it I had.) It's slightly hot from the crushed red peppers and very garlic-y. The bread is not what it used to be (tiny slices of dry bread compared to the luscious fresh bread they used to provide), but you'd rip the tongue out of your shoe to dip it into this oil and not complain.
Their chicken marsala ($14.95) is the best you will ever eat. On a bed of fettucine, the breast is covered in mushrooms and simply the best creamy marsala sauce I've had. It comes with a salad and cooked spinach that was pretty tasty.
If you think you'd never order spaghetti in a restaurant because you eat it all the time at home, reconsider. It's $9.95 and for $2.50 extra you get the most deliciously seasoned meatballs of all time.
The pizza is pretty good, lighter than most American pizzerias and the crust is good enough to eat by itself.
There is a water view, but it's not like Mt. Rainier or the Space Needle, so it lost some points on romance because of the tough competition. The atmosphere - it's just "okay". It is too old of a building to be "nice" and not old enough to be trendy. Sometimes the noise level is fine and others it gets pretty noisy (based on whether someone brought a large group).
Go here for a great dinner and take your friends, but don't try to put on the dog here - it's more of a nice neighborhood eatery.
This is not for you if it's the biggest night of your life and you thought there'd be linen (there isn't). Don't go here if you and your friends are wearing formals and tuxedos and arriving in a limo.
Special Note: If you're not a big fan of garlic tell your server because some of the sauces are made just for your specific plate of food and you can request less garlic. The marinara and meat sauce are made ahead and the garlic in those is not negotiable.
I've been there five times and not had to wait more than 1 minute for someone to greet me.
DO go here if you want a really good meal for under $20 and you don't want to drive to Tacoma or Silverdale.
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