We tried this place with some trepidation, based on the previous reviewer's rant, and also observations that it rarely has more than a few tables filled, even on weekend evenings. A "small" Caesar salad ($3.95) arrived quickly, and was enough for two as an appetizer and tasty, with a few squares of flavorful toasted foccacia. However the parmesan tasted more like mozzarella than parmegiano reggiano. The Romaine had not been well picked over.
A lunch-sized portion of lemon chicken pasta ($10.95) was definitely lunch-sized. The spaghetti was not al dente as requested, but not overcooked. The sauce (of chicken, pancetta, artichokes, ?porcini?mushrooms, capers & olive oil) was excellent. A small (8") pizza ($9.50) was divided at our request into 1/2 garlic chicken and 1/2 primavera. The toppings were very tasty. The thin-crust pizza base wasn't crispy and perhaps a bit on the soggy side, despite the wood-burning oven used to prepare it. Nevertheless we enjoyed it.
A 1/2 litre of Goundrey unoaked chardonnay ($14) was quite good and very potent!
We split a white chocolate rasberry brulee cheesecake ($6.95); very rich and dense, a little on the chewy side, but appetizing.
We will try this place again because the other Italian restaurants in the neighbourhood (Adesso and Quattro), while excellent, are too expensive for casual dining. It is quiet and pretty, the staff seem friendly and accomodationg, and it seems to have potential. Clearly, they need to offer some discounts or promotions to bring more people in. Their website ( doesn't offer any e-mail address for comments and suggestions either.