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On the one occasion I tried this place must say I was very disappointed. We had dinner there on a friday night, there were about 6 tables occupied (including ours). The menu choices are limited with about 4 or 5 each appetizers, pastas and mains. The waiter informed us of a few additional choices. Of note, the wine list is very expensive with about a 3 times retail markup. We started with a caprese salad that the menu stated had heirloom tomatoes, burrata, basil and olive oil. While the burrata was excellent and ample, the tomatoes were quartered store bought quality romas, not heirlooms, and the basil was in a near microscopic quantity. After verifying that all the pastas are homemade my wife had the spaghetti with clams. The clams were fresh and well prepared as was the sauce, but there was only about 4 forkfuls of pasta. I opted for the seafood risotto. It came with a few mussels, shrimp, bay scallops but was mostly calamari rings and it was very dry, more like overcooked fried rice texture than risotto. The flavor was quite good but the dryness was off putting. When the waiter asked how everything was, I informed him that this was the driest risotto I had ever had, he gave the lame excuse that it was because in Liguria they don't use butter with seafood. Guess they don't use stock either. This is not a place i would return to.

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