What a fun little place that I totally never would've known existed had our CEO not brought us here for a team lunch.
It's in a shopping center and looks tiny from the outside, but the dining room is quite large and airy, and the owner is so very welcoming.
Apparently, my CEO is a regular here, so we got "the royal treatment" the second we sat down at a table in the corner. The owner fussed over us - offering drinks, making sure we weren't bothered by the ray of sunshine coming down on us, asking if we wanted to try anything, bringing wine by - I wonder if he's this friendly with all his customers.
We got an order of the bruschetta to start. I ordered the mushroom pasta (or, Tagliolini Ai Funghi Tartufati), while my CEO ordered the lasagna (Lasagna Romana) and our colleague ordered the mushroom risotto (Risotto Ai Porcini).
The bruschetta was tasty, with lots of flavor coming from the fresh tomato chunks and basil. My entree was delightful and served as a mound of pasta. I could tell the pasta was fresh, and the flavor of the mushroom wasn't too overpowering. It's definitely not a delicate dish, between the heartiness of the pasta and the earthiness of the mushrooms and truffle oil. I had a good amount of food on my plate, which benefitted my husband, who eventually chowed down on my leftovers.
While we were sitting around talking, the owner came out with a plate of their tiramisu, which we immediately set upon. Three women sharing a slice of tiramisu is probably not a pretty image, which I'm pretty sure is why he came out a few minutes later with three slices of what my CEO referred to as "chocolate loaf". And then, of course, we got a small glass of limoncello each.
To say we were stuffed on good stuff by the end of our three-hour lunch is an understatement. They really do serve some tasty food with fresh pastas and ingredients here. It's a bit on the expensive side, but given they're making everything from scratch, it makes sense. I don't know if my colleague and I would've gotten the same amount of attention had we shown up without our CEO, but I am sure the service would've been top-notch.