To be seated without wait on a Saturday night in an UES restaurant is most atypical. Equally atypical was the quality of the meal. Friends have spoken highly of this unpretentious restaurant serving a basic Italian menu. Maybe my sister and I came on a bad night but our dinners bordered on awful. Our caprese salad was most unimpressive: mediocre mozzarella layered on top of bland tomato slices without a hint of oil or balsamic drizzle. My grilled snapper entree was flavorless and a bit dry. Also flavorless was my glass of montepulciano; my sister described it as "diluted." (It wasn't but truly lacked the siky plum-like fruit I have come to expect.) I will say that my pasta side dish was cooked al dente and had a decent oil and garlic toss. My sister's gnocchi, however, was nearly mush: not the soft, melt in your mouth gnocchi diners rave about, but an overcooked mush. And while she asked for bolognese sauce, her gnocchi was served with a cream sauce. While it was great to get seated at 7:30 pm without a reservation, and the waitstaff was pleasant, the meal failed. Luckily, prices are moderate.