Unrivaled Food and Service
I had heard about this place for years. My wife and I have traveled to Italy a few times and are very picky when it comes to Italian food. I finally made a reservation last weekend. It is unbelievable that this type of quality could be found in a strip mall close to a bowling alley. I was greeted at the front door by the server. He escorted us to our table. The restaurant is quite small. A large colorful mural depicting the owner’s village decorated one wall. The opposite wall was lined with mirrors and hanging candles. The server spent a considerable amount of time going over the specials. His enthusiasm and passion were contagious. We started off with dirty martinis with blue cheese stuffed olives and an antipasto plate. The mixture of meats, cheeses, tomato and olives were unbelievable. The bread was the perfect combination of crispy crust and soft chewy center. The next course was a very simple salad of mixed greens, and tomato with lemon juice and olive oil. We ordered a wonderful bottle of Amarone. The server decanted the bottle using an aerator that I had never seen before. The pace of the meal was slow and leisurely, the way that we like it. The server informed us, when we sat down, that the table was ours for the evening. I ordered lamb chops and my wife ordered Veal Saltimbocca. The lamb was perfectly prepared. A nice pan seared crust on the outside and a beautiful medium rare in the center. It was served with a side of White Truffle Campanelle and cheese. It was exquisite. My wife was equally pleased with her veal. The cutlet was topped with a razor thin slice of Prosciutto di Parma and a slice of melted provolone. The sauce was complex and perfectly layered. The clean taste of the veal reduction coupled with sage butter and white wine was divine. We were convinced we were too full for dessert, but after hearing the server artfully describe the selection, we decided to share a refreshing lemon sorbetto. The perfect ending to an unforgettable meal. The owner and his wife stopped by our table at the end of the evening to chat with us. Upon hearing that it was our first time, the owner’s wife, Lori, poured us two complimentary shots of some delicious lemon digestif. I cannot wait to return.