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leahinsc Sep 8, 2008 12:56 PM

I can't believe I waited so long to try this place. IMHO it stands head and shoulders above Sugo, to which it has often been compared.
We went on a Saturday night with friends and got great input from the servers on what were their favorites items....
Chose several antipasti. you can pick one($4), 3 ($11)or 5 ($18)..mozzarella fritti, chicken liver crostini, white anchovies and soppresatta as well as a cheese plate(same price spread as antipasti)...loved the humoldt fog and taleggio...
All plates at our table were virtually licked clean...ahi tuna, linguini with clams...but my favorite was the fazzoletti with rabbit and cerignola olives...wow!!! the salty olives and woodsy rabbit with the velvety smoothness of the pasta made a perfectly balanced dish.
Nice wine list with plenty of options by the glass as well as some interesting cocktails. Great bread. Loved the look of the dining room, very sleek and elegant as it leads you from the doors on Wall St down the polished wooden ramp and the dining room opens up into this elegant and yet understated space...I felt like I was in New York instead of Asheville. Thankfully the prices weren't as elegant. For the 2 of us with 1 cocktail, 1 glass of wine, 2 beers, appetizers (LOTS of little plates) and one entree it was $90 (including tip and tax). Great service...one of the best meals I've had downtown in a while.
I'll be back...

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    jmikes Sep 20, 2008 11:10 PM

    What is the atmosphere in the restaurant? Jeans? Button-down? Anything goes? Just wondering what to pack when my wife and I head up there.

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    1. re: jmikes
      leahinsc Sep 21, 2008 01:10 PM

      I wore a nice top and dressy jeans and heels... a little nicer than some of the more casual Asheville spots. no need for tie or collared shirt for men, but I wouldn't wear a printed t-shirt.

      1. re: leahinsc
        danna Sep 22, 2008 08:31 AM

        Leah, do you know if they are still dinner-only?

        We ate there once for lunch, then a couple of months later, we drove by to check the hours on the front door, parked (always a trick on Sat), and hiked back in the rain...only to be told they are closed for lunch in a tone that seeme to say we should know that. They really should take it off the door. I was mildly peaved.

        I want some more of those breadsticks.

        1. re: danna
          leahinsc Sep 22, 2008 09:10 AM

          I think so but you should probably call

          1. re: leahinsc
            jbyoga Sep 24, 2008 09:24 PM

            I've been for lunch before...maybe that's changed?

            1. re: jbyoga
              priss Sep 25, 2008 09:09 AM

              They are open for lunch during the week but not on weekends.

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      Alex Halsey Sep 10, 2008 06:22 PM

      I've been twice. Excellent all around. The olive oil cake is superb. I also enjoyed their specialty cocktails. Haven't tried the pizza--is it good? Hard to pass up those pastas for pizza . . .

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      1. re: Alex Halsey
        leahinsc Sep 11, 2008 06:39 AM

        Didn't try the pizzas but heard from our server (and could see into the kitchen) that they are thin crust "you can really taste the toppings"

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        pilches Sep 8, 2008 01:19 PM

        Leah, thanks for the post. I can't wait to get back next month and try it!

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