Limoncello Italian Restaurant
I just noticed it today walking from JH to Broadway. It's just on the other side of Roosevelt at 82nd/Baxter. Surprisingly, the menu is actually Italian, and not a Colombian restaurant that is called 'Italian.' (Perhaps I'm exaggerating a bit about the frequency of this, but I was a bit let down when the 'Texas Grill' turned out to have not much to do with Texas.)
I poked my head in and today was the first day open. I didn't have time for lunch, but grabbed a menu. The proprietor is a friendly guy who seemed excited about his new place.
It's cheerfully decorated (bright yellow, and in a space that gets lots of natural light) and has a menu that reflects not very inventive, but hopefully good, food. Appetizers are things like grilled asparagus, roasted peppers with anchovies, calamari, clams Possilipi. Soups are the expected minestrone, pasta e fagioli, and also a tortellini and a sparchatella. (Excuse my spelling, but it isn't so perfect on the menu, either!)
Typical pasta entrees, and also veal, chicken, beef, and seafood dishes. The lunch menu is $11 for a combination, with a side dish, pasta, and soft drink.
There are desserts as well.
If anyone gives it a shot, please post your impressions here! Looks like they take credit cards, and that they deliver, but no credit cards for delivery.
We checked it out last night. Somehow, there is not heat, other than what is coming from a few electric heaters. Freezing in there. We had a grilled asparagus appetizer with fresh mozzarella and vegetables. It was very good! We ordered homemade gnocchi with marinara, and it was also very good. My linguini with meatballs was so-so. We took a piece of tiramisu home, but haven't dug into it yet.
The atmosphere was a bit odd, somehow. The cold temperature, the emptiness, the nice yellow paint in contrast with the old and musty counter that has probably been in this space for a few decades. Not totally positive we'll be back. The asparagus was a stand-out, though. Maybe when the temperature warms up?