Great review. My spin on this spot. Nice attractive and inviting ambience. Be carefull on a cool evening about sitting in the covered patio. It was pretty chilly and drafty for us. All in all quite good but some problems.
One awesome thing about this place is they have a $20.00 corkage fee policy. Bring in a monster and add $20.00 to the tab. Very good idea for attracting wine nerds. Down side to wine service, the glasses are terrible for enjoying fine wine.
So I guess they don't serve bread?
We shared a Caprese salad. Know it is out of season but good hot house maters are available. These were average at best for what is available. There was maybe a thimble of ovile oil and no salt on the salad. Served with two tiny basil leaves. I get great basil in the winter at CM so whats the deal on that? Use arugala if you can't find basil. The bufalo cheese was incredible. So why mess it up?
We split a special as an appetizer. Grilled sardines. They were stupid good. I mean so spot on you thought you could be sitting on the Med. Just perfect in every way. Like an Italian, he knows his away around sardines. This meal was worth it just to get that dish.
We split a pasta course, and by the way, they are happy to do it. That makes me feel welcome. Basic spaghetti pasta with tomatoes and basil. Pretty good but again stengy with that basil. Needed more kick though and a nice drizzle of oil to make it smile would have been a good idea. I would rather have a sour sheep milk peccorino rather than the parm on the dish. Pec would seem more Sardinian.
Then we split the roast pig. I was blown away by how good that was. Served some shoulder meat and part of the rack and some of the delicious crispy skin. It was moist and tender as billed. Not a small portion but not a lot either. I could have hit a little more of that. It was a winner and served with some under seasoned roasted potato's.
We shared a piece of the cheescake they make there and thought it was one of, if not the best version of that dish we had ever tasted. Flawless and a nice piece for two to share.
So, hits and misses. Don't be shy with the sea salt or olive oil boys and I would kick up those wine glasses a notch of two. If I bought that $398.00 bottle of Sasaccia and they brought me those glasses, I would tell them to take it back.