We traveled from Waukesha to Saukville, in pouring rain, to try this place, based upon relatively positive reviews. Sounded like a family run business (which we love) with good Italian food.
We thought they were open until 9pm but when we arrived we noted that they only served until 8:30pm. The ride out there took us longer because of the storms we were driving through (we had planned on being there at 7:30pm) so we found ourselves there closer to closing time than we normally like to be.
Our server was very friendly. The restaurant was clean and the décor was very simple, almost austere. They had the music at a very acceptable level and it was Italian themed, always a plus. We were offered drinks as soon as we were seated-no time to scan the wine list, no recommendations, she just waited for us to tell her. When she brought our drinks out she asked if we wanted to order, we said just the appetizer first-the rice ball.
Tom's Bloody Mary was bland and very uninspired. I had a glass of Riesling. The two drinks were $13.00 so not sure how much each was. The rice ball appetizer was very good and had a nice presentation. When she delivered the appetizer, she wanted our order, so we ordered. We were already feeling rushed. Here of course had the Bloody Mary been good and had we not felt rushed, we would have had another drink.
Both of our dinners came with soup or salad and we both had soup. The soup was good, a creamy cheesy chicken soup. I had the special, the Gnocchi Primavera and Tom the Pasta Bolognese. She told me it had chicken, which it did not. There also were no pine nuts as the Primavera notes on the menu. Tom enjoyed his meal. I found the Gnocchi stuffed with mushroom had a very overwhelming flavor which I really didn't enjoy. I think I would rather have had the Pasta Primavera. The olive oil they served to dip the bread in was Awesome though-very crisp, fresh tasting and fruity. I asked who made it but she said the large containers they had did not identify the maker. Tom found the little butter packets were very hard-his pet peeve.
The menu does not list a wide variety of dessert. Our server told us there wasn't a big choice this particular evening. She did say what they had were home made. Mmmm, home made cannoli, I'm in on that. When she returned she said the cannoli were not home made. The French silk pie and the Tiramisu were made onsite she said, but neither appealed to us. As it was, the restaurant was just about empty and clearly they were all gearing up to get the heck out of there.
So for us, with many really nice family run Italian restaurants close by, there is no compelling reason to venture out to this place. Actually we probably would not return even if were closer. The bill was $58.00, plus a $12.00 tip, so the cost wasn't out of line, there just was nothing spectacular or special about our experience. As a matter of fact it was a big let down.
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