Il Cortile Del Re, anyone?
We were able to make same-day reservations, which I found impressive. The service was sketchy though. We had a server who was spaced out and spazzy - not a very good combination. We waited awhile for our food. I had the wild boar which was great but my wife received a dish she didn't order. Since she was ready to eat her hand at that point, she accepted it anyway. I have to admit that the food was tasty, but I think the place needs some polish on its customer service.
That's awful! IS he/she positive they weren't reserved already? Does that mean their policy is to NEVER take single diners?
Anyhow, I've been there and it's really good. I haven't been there since I discovered Al Di La, but it you wanted Italian and wanted to stay on the pennisula, I think it's a good choice. REally nice wines by the glass.
They were really nice to a friend and me a few years ago. We wanted to go the traditional Italian route of antipasti, pasta, and secondi, but explained that we weren't huge eaters. They let us order one of each and put them on separate plates (without being asked...we had planned to just share), no extra charge.