We have passed this place many times usually early in the day but not around dinner time. I saw a Groupon and thought that it would be incentive to make plans to finally eat there.
I had made a reservation in advance which was good since the restaurant in not that large. They sell jarred homemade sauce which you will notice on your way in then the small bar area where you can wait for your table if it is not ready. We were quickly greeted by the owner who is kind of a large and in charge person and sat us relatively quickly ... not meant to be a negative.
Their fresh made bread was very good complete with a great hard crust exterior. They will bring you additional bread upon request. Suggest you ask!
We shared a flash fried calamari cornmeal crusted appetizer which came with a spicy tomato caper aioli ($14). I was not sure how I would like the sauce but was very impressed by it. The wine list is limited but you will find a wine to pair up with your meal. The Antinori Santa Christina 2014 ($48) was an overpriced low alcohol (12.5%) wine. So at $10 retail is was a rip-off but we needed to drink something. I must this dropped my overall rating from Five Stars to Four Roses.
The Pappardelle Bolognese ($25) - Delicate meat sauce of beef, pork & veal filet with manchego cheese (Spanish sheep cheese) was outstanding! The Halibut ($33) with potato chips and zucchini carrots lobster sauce was very good and the Grilled Prime Hand Cut Filet Mignon ($36) with fresh haricot verts (green beans), olive oil whipped potatoes, caramelized red onions in a red wine Jus was very good as well and cooked as ordered.
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