Genuinely glowing review:.
Just off the Walnut Street shops in Shadyside. Today was the first warm day of spring. We decided to eat out on a patio... any patio, and stumbled across a previously overlooked restaurant. Thinking it was stuffy or overpriced, we had passed it by before, but we finally decided to stop and are SO glad that we did.
With free wine (!!!) and wonderful, simple Italian fare, this restaurant was a fantastic surprise. We had a simple meal of bruschetta, salad and spicy sausage soup. The Bruschetta is to die for, very sweet and grilled bread is a delicious touch. Go on Sunday evening to visit a wonderful Irish server who has a pleasant demeanor and delightful conversation. A+++
Very good food, not-so-good service. The food is generally very good, home-made gnocchi and ravioli being excellent. Desserts are also nice, although not as striking as the pastas. The ambient is really welcoming, but the waiters - I must say - not extremely friendly. It may be useful to warn you that only cash or checks are accepted, no credit or debit cards. Although they could not serve any bottled wine to accompany the nice entrees, mine was a positive experience.
A pleasant place for lunch. What a charming little place, with a nice prix fix menu for lunch. I had the gnocchi, even though I usually get gnocchi and am disappointed. Not the case here! They were light, and the sauce was tasty. The people with me got the fritatta of the day claiming the sausage in them was "the best theyd ever have" The place is BYOB but we were each poured a complimentary glass of a very tasty house wine. Looking forward to trying this place for dinner sometime.
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