My wife wanted to go to an Italian restaurant for our Anniversary. Since our babysitter was in Richmond we decided to search around for one in the area. We read the mixed reviews on here and decided to give it a try ourselves.
I agree that the service is outstanding. Our waitress was very friendly, attentive and helpful with the menu selections. She let us sample the wines we were trying to decide on which was nice. The ambiance was nice and italian music was soothing until they cranked up the volume for a couple songs and my wife and I were almost shouting at each other.
They had some restuarant anniversary special which was two entrees for $29 dollars....first course (house salad, caesar salad or soup) with a choice of entree. I decided to go with the Quarter duck with veggies and potato with the house salad to start. My wife decided to do with the chicken cordon blue with Penne pasta and to start with the Caesar. The waitress told me the chef made his own dressing for the house salad. It came and was just a bunch of organic greens that you would buy at Save-On foods with a couple nuts sprinkled on and once slice of cucumber and tomato. The dressing was very good but overall the salad was ok. My wifes caesar was decent but just lettuce, dressing and a couple croutons.
The entrees: I got a good size portion of duck. The orange glaze was very good but the meat itself was a bit tough and dry. The glaze added what little flavor there was to the meat. The veggie's were steamed and fresh. The roasted potatoes were a joke, there was only 2 of them, the were overcooked and were only about the size of the area if you put your thumb and index finger together to make a circle.
I almost laughed when my wife's chicken cordon blue came. It was only the size of a deck of cards and looked like something you'd buy in the frozen food section of your local grocercy store.....and tasted like it too! My wife said it was pretty bad and she didn't even finish it. It was burned on the bottom too. Her pasta she said was excellent and the sauce tasted fresh.
For dessert she had the tiramisu and I had the creme caramel. Both fresh and excellent and were the best part of the meal. But a bit over priced at $8 a hit for a small portiion. My wife had a cappacino which was waaaay to strong, she had to add water and extra sugar to even make it drinkable. Luckily the waitress forgot to charge us for it.
Like many on here, I'd give this mixed reviews. IF I went back I'd try the pasta which seems to be their strong point however, we would not go back there. I think there are way better restaurants out there which would give you better value and food for your dollar. For the $80 including the tip we felt a bit ripped off. We have way better meals and got way more full for way less the price.