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Ate at this new hot spot last night. And wow-- it is a hot spot. It was jammed packed from when we got there (6:30, which is on the early side but the only reservation we could snag when we booked 2 weeks ago!) until we left close to 10. The friends with whom we dined noted that they went on a Tues., and it was filled then too.

And after our dinner, I understand the huge buzz. It was fabulous and extremely affordable. The only big downside was the noise... it was on the very loud side, although we could hear everyone in our group (which wasn't the case when we ate a few weeks ago at Townhouse... that place is deafening!!!). We sat in the back room at a large table for 8 (the table was actually an old door-- it was quite cool!). Our party of 4 was seated first, and then 20 minutes later, another party was seated right next to us. I thought it would be a bit awkward being so close, but once we got engrossed in our own conversation, we sort of forgot they were there.

We started with bruschetta with mushrooms, apples, and ricotta. It was delicious and all the flavors worked well together. We also shared the calamari appetizer. I am not exaggerating when I say that it was the best calamari I've ever had. It was so tender (almost like a tender pasta) and the lemon, garlicy caper sauce was perfect. We then order a pesto pizza with "melted cherry tomatoes," which was also a winner. The thin crust was perfect and the ratio of sauce, toppings, and cheese was right on target. We also shared the roasted cauliflower, which was actually roasted with figs. It had a wonderful slightly sweet taste, and even those at the table who did not like cauliflower thought it was amazing. The last dish we got was a pasta dish, which on the menu was described as one with a tomato and eggplant. It was great, but as an eggplant lover, I was disappointed that there wasn't more eggplant there (in fact, if I didn't know eggplant was part of the sauce, I might have not guessed it was there).

For dessert, we had the chocolate cake, pumpkin cannolis, and creme brulee. All were delicious although the creme brulee was more like a rich pudding (it wasn't hard like a typical creme brulee). And I should mention the fabulous drink selection. The men had local craft beers they loved, and the women shared a delicious yet affordable bottle of Sicilian wine.

I look forward to hearing how you all like the place once you get out there. We surely will be back!

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  1. Thanks for the review. I am going there in the near future. Sounds great.

    1. We went there last Sunday afternoon. My friend had one of their signature cocktails which she loved. Excellent beer and wine selection...I loved the Lucky Star Pinot Noir...She ordered rice balls...we split the calamari which was exactly as described above, tender and tasty. Then we had the artichoke mushroom pizza which was unbelievably good...the thin crust really lets the toppings shine! at 2 on a Sunday it was practically empty so that would be a good time to try it out!