This place has it all - wonderful deep-flavored food, a relaxed but bustling urban bistro atmosphere, and beautiful and friendly staff who make the whole experience come together. As you might expect, there could be a wait for a table at peak times, and there's no bar area, but Columbia City has enough going on to entertain you during your pre-dinner stroll.
The menu is on a blackboard on the wall, with a variety of pastas and Italian dishes. There's lots of fresh ingredients, often straight from the local farmers' market. If you see something you like, order it quickly, since some items do run out and get erased from the board. That goes especially for desserts. I love the carbonara with fresh duck egg dropped on top. The salads are great as are roasted vegetables as side dishes. Wine list is reasonable and varied and the wait staff will make recommendations within your range. The only downside is that they have taken out the pizza oven and with it, the spectacular sardine and duck egg thin crust pizza (great as an appetizer).
What really makes this place is the atmosphere. It's one of those places that's both comfortable yet makes you feel cool just by being there. The wait staff adds to the atmosphere with cheeky charm and just a teeny bit of attitude. Did I mention that they are universally beautiful from smile to tattoo?
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