We dined on a Friday night and the restaurant and bar were packed. Reservations are recommended. Despite the full house, we did not feel claustrophobic given the high ceilings and large dining areas. The dress was casual; patrons wore anything from T-shirts to cocktails dresses.
The decor is slightly retro and could use a tad of updating, but overall very comfortable--the ambience adds to the authentic Italian feel.
We ordered calamari and a mozzarella tomato appetizer. Both were great. I had the linguini with clams which was light and fresh. My husband had one of the gnocchi plates. His meal was excellent. The tiramisu was exactly as it should be.
The wine and beer selection was great as was the service at the bar and restaurant.
We have eaten at most of the Asheville "hot spots" and this ranks right up there with the best. If you shun all but the trendy Asheville "foodie" restaurants this place may not be for you. However, if you're looking for something classic, you will not be disappointed.
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