Mussels Marinara | in white wine, tomatoes, and garlic bread, $11. Excellent presentation, paid very close attention to detail. However, starting off presentation as its high point can only mean that the appetizer was not that great - and it wasn't. The mussels were decently portioned and relatively tender, but the white wine sauce was just too watered down that took away from the taste. At least the garlic bread was very good. Average starter.|
Calamari | served with tzatziki and cocktail sauce, $10.50. Portions were incredibly small, but the taste was amazing. The golden brown deep fry was well complemented by the rich cocktail sauce. Presentation was very good. If only the portions were a little bigger. Average starter.
Veal Parmigiana | breaded veal scallopini topped with mozzarella and tomato sauce, with side of linguine in a tomato basil sauce, $19. The veal was uniformly tender and juicy throughout, but the sauce is really nothing special at all - too simple and generic. The linguine was a little overcooked, much too soft. At least the presentation was decent. Overall, an average entree.
New York Striploin | grilled 10oz. steak served with peppercorn sauce, potatoes and vegetables, $23. Not quite as tender as one hopes for a NY prime, a little bit on the dry side even though it was ordered medium rare, but it was otherwise well prepared with marinating the taste. However, presentation was a little lacking as the potatoes and vegetables were nothing special, almost generically thrown in, which was a bit of a disappointment. However, this entree was average overall.
Conclusion: Italian restaurant with pretentious class without the prices that Yorkville usually demands. It has the ambience of a romantic restaurant yet the noise atmosphere of a slightly-toned-down Rosewater (which isn't such a good thing...maybe we went on a bad day?). Food wise, is nothing overly creative or special at all, which explains the relatively low prices. Generic is a word I would use to describe this restaurant; at least the service is decent and relatively well-trained in manners but not in detail. For the most part, food presentation was above average. Live entertainment is available on the weekends. Overall, it might be worth going to if you're trying to impress a date in the vicinity with a modest budget.
out of 5.0