As I was born in Italy, I was happy to find E' Tutto Qua, a reasonably priced and friendly restaurant that really serves food just like I would find in Rome today. The pizza is Roman style with thin, crispy crust and the pastas are all authentically Italian in the preparation and ingredients, no short cuts here. I loved the "Gnocchi allo Zafferano" ~ Saffron gnocchi with zucchini, clams, tomato & white wine sauce. Another favorite is the "Tagliata di Manzo" ~ Grilled New York steak topped with cherry tomatoes, arugola & shaved parmesan cheese. They have a huge selection of both "house-made" and "imported from Italy" desserts. After the opening in June 2007 they already have a local following just for their fantastic Tiramisu. The wine list features both Italian and Californian wines and is very reasonably priced. End it all with one of their perfect espressos or cappuccinos, then go home feeling you have just had a "mini-vacation" to Italy! The service is attentive and helpful, these people really seem to care about their customers. Dress goes from casual to trendy chic looks. The crowd is a nice mix of all ages, nationalities and lifestyles. They are open from morning til late night. Atmosphere and location are just right, lively and fun dining in a historic old bank building with great views of the neighborhood. One interesting point that many locals have noted is that the Italian waiters from several other restaurants in the city are seen eating here on their day off. That says a lot about the authenticity of this place. I'm hooked!
My BF and I stopped in to get a slice of pizza, and ended up getting a whole pizza that was perfectly delicious. We were served bread and a garlic in olive oil/olive oil/pesto in olive oil dip that was out of this world (we asked for thirds... ha!!). While we searched to the menu to see what we wanted, we were waited on by the bar staff (as we were sitting at the bar) and they made us two fantastic cocktails (a two tony's for my bf, and a house vodka martini for me). After much deliberation (and our tummy's grumbling) we decided to go with something simple. It was the Margherita pizza ($18): Thin crust with a fluffy end, the perfect red sauce AND CHUNKS OF MOZARELLA AND WHOLE PIECES OF BASIL. We scarfed it up before we could take a picture. It was sooooo delicious!! We will DEFINITELY be returning. The whole experience was the best ever (and I am one very hard to please!)
Thin crust, just enough sauce and great melty cheese. This is the pizza you get used to on the East Coast. I am not a fan of plain cheese pizza but at Amicis it takes so good. We are able to eat a whole large between two people. Its that good. Its pricey for pizza so we don't eat it often but every time we leave there we are satisfied (therefore 4 stars). We usually also order the garden salad for the family. Simple - lettuce, bell pepper, onion - and a dressing. They have pretty good house wines also. Though you cant beat Pizza and soda (the soda is served in the old style soda glasses). Other pizzas that are great are the new haven clam and sausage and mushrooms. their wood burning oven makes the crust real crisp and tasty!!