After reading the good reviews on DineHere, I decided to try lunch for the first time there today. I had high hopes for Chianti, because I'm a huge pasta lover, and live only a few blocks away, so I was really hoping to find a pasta joint I could just walk to whenever I had a craving. Unfortunately for me, there doesn't seem to be any other Italian joints in the immediate area.
The ambiance was nice and cozy when I first walked in - so far so good. The waitress then seated me at a table that she had to clear while I stood behind her and waited. Not a problem for me. The problem was that she just lightly dragged a cloth over the dirty table, so when I sat down there were still crumbs, spilt water, and dried food stuck to the table. Still, she was friendly, so I didn't bring it up, and instead just avoided the crusty parts. I was dining solo on a table for 4, so it wasn't too hard. My water and menu came slowly, but that was because she appeared to be the only one working the lunch crowd. Water glass had orange spots on it, tomato sauce residue from a previous diner? Eew.
The menu had a lot of tempting dishes, and I settled on the Penne Kitsilano with green salad. It came out really quickly - perfect for quick lunches. The salad was decent. The pasta was piping hot, which was nice, but the sausage in the pasta had cold centers... how odd. Overall it was just ok. The flavors were ok, but I definitely agree with the other reviewer who said there is way better pasta out there for not much more money.
Service was a little unattentive, but again, it was because she was the only one working. I had to ask for water refills a couple times.
I'll probably try Chianti once more, and try a different pasta, and I really really hope I can give it a better review next time.