I took Mrs. C and some friends to this place because we were craving Italian food. The restaurant is hard to get to, because of the weird arrangement of roads in the area. Once we got to the parking lot, we found a spot to park and were quickly inside. Unfortunately we had to wait for quite a while for a table. I was distracted by the scantily clad servers wandering around, but Mrs. C did not find the ambiance as entertaining. Finally we got a table and set to ordering. The menu is all pasta with no pizza, but there are lots of choices. We shared various pastas, including spaghetti with chicken and olive oil, and linguine with shrimp in the same sauce. I ordered the veal Marsala with #11 spicy clam and shrimp sauce on fettuccine.
We also ordered Focaccia bread, the spicy sausage in sauce appetizer, and a big house salad. All the appies were good but there is no need to order extra bread since they give you complementary bread at the table. I tried the wine but it was a little pricey for the size and quality.
The pastas were all huge portions, but surprisingly my veal was a minuscule portion, about the size of two toonies, and about as thick... The pasta that came with it was tasty, but I never saw any shrimps or clams in it. So my meal was a bit of a rip off. The other pasta dishes seemed like reasonable value. As for flavour, I would rate it a little better than the food at ESM.
Service was good, but a little slow due to the number of guests. The ambience was just fine except maybe a bit noisy with all the people packed into the space. The w/c’s were clean and so no complaints there.
Overall some good points and some bad. Not like mama used to make, but for family-style Italian/American, not too bad.