The Village Belle
Has anyone been here yet? I was thinking of checking it out tonight.
I did end up trying it that night and wouldn't recommend it. The only thing I had that I'd eat again was the crespelle dish, but overall, avoid this place. The meatball sliders (which aren't on the menu, you have to ask for them, give me a break) were on rolls so dense the meatball was squished when I bit into it, and the meatballs were nothing special anyway. The "beet & chevre napoleon" is listed on the menu with those words in large type, then underneath, in smaller font "arugula salad, walnuts, balsamic". I took that to mean I'd be getting a napoleon with some greens involved somehow. Instead it was a salad with the four quarters of a truly miniscule napoleon (literally 4 round beet slices with chevre in between, served so cold as to be flavorless) banished to the corners of the plate. I had the sausage ravioli as well, the filling was nice but the pasta was dense to the point of chewy.
The atmosphere and service don't help either. I don't know if they do this every night but I was there on a Monday and there was a live singer and the volume was set *way* too loud, I had trouble being heard by the server. The annoying new trend of the server showing you the bottle and pouring a taste of wine *when you order by the glass* is in effect, when I said "just go ahead and pour, thanks" I got shortchanged by an ounce or so compared to my dining companion. There is a big empty space in the middle of the room and yet the tables were still too close together to get up without bumping the people sitting behind you.