Celebrated a birthday here with a large party in the back room. It was a pre-fixed meal ($47 per person) with several dishes, family style. The menu consisted of:
- Cold Antipasto/Antipasto Alla Tosca: This was a medley of sopressata, prosciutto, salami, mozzarella, roasted peppers, grilled asparagus, grilled zucchini, grilled eggplant, fontina, swiss and provolone cheese, and sundried tomatoes. It’s a great colorful variety to start off the course, but I usually don’t care for sundried tomatoes.
- Fried Calamari: Crispy and delicious.
- House Salad: I was actually surprised at how great this plain-looking mixed green salad tasted with the light Italian dressing/vinaigrette! It had baby mesclun, grape tomatoes, red onion, and olives.
- Penne Alla Vodka: This pasta dish is supposed to have tomato sauce, cream, onions, prosciutto, and vodka, but I didn’t notice any prosciutto. It could definitely use some meat. I did enjoy how smooth the sauce was though.
- Chicken Sofia: I didn’t see this on the menu, but according to the staff, it would be included in our multi-course meal. About 12 boneless pieces of chicken breast covered with melted cheese and served with sauteed spinach. The spinach tasted better than the chicken, but there was hardly any spinach! The ratio of spinach to chicken was ridiculous!
- Broiled Salmon: This is the best item on the menu, hands down! It is the most succulent salmon I have ever had. In fact, I could eat an entire plate of this! Just thinking about it makes my mouth water!
- Biscotti: The biscotti are topped with powdered sugar and a few slices of strawberries. I’m not a huge biscotti fan, but we were served with coffee that paired very nicely with the biscotti.
- Mini Cannoli: This was not part of the pre-fixed meal, but rather, it was a freebie for checking in on the Yelp app (yay for Yelp!). I received 3 little cannoli. It only takes 2 bites to finish one cannoli. Still, they were great.
Overall, I HIGHLY recommend the salmon. Otherwise, the food is okay, considering the price. While I understand that Italian food is often meant to be family style, I don’t agree with the amount of food that was served. Family style is meant to be shared, so the portions should be proportional to the number of people being served. If every dish will have the same portion, then add more of that dish to larger tables that are seating more people, don’t just serve one dish. For example, if a dish looks like it will only reasonably feed 4-6 people, then add another serving/dish for a table of 10 people. Or, what I would prefer, is that each person has their own dish instead, especially if it costs almost $50 per person. I want to be able to try a little of every dish, but I want more than just a sample size. It’s like they’re trying to starve us!