My boyfriend and I have always heard really mixed reviews about this place, so we knew we had to try it ourselves. Went on a Saturday night, 8:30 reservation. It took about 15 minutes to get a table but a large group was just leaving when we arrived and it was totally packed, so it was understandable.
The service we had all night was amazing, if a little slow. The server was attentive, genuinely friendly, and had personality. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is b/c the server lost our appetizer order and had to come back about 15 minutes after we ordered to ask us again what it was. We weren't in a rush, so we were alright with it.
The Beef Carpaccio was alright, nothing special. The slices of parmesan oin the carpaccio were on the small side and not very flavoural, not like the big rich slices you getat La Terrazza. The mussles and the broth they were in were to die for, probably the best I've ever had.
I ordered the traditional squah tortellini w/ porcini mushrooms which was awesome. The tortellini dough was so thin it was like wonton wrappers, balanced w/ a slightly sweet squash filling and LOTS of porcini mushrooms in the sauce. My boyfriend's spaghetti aglio olio w/ scampi was also delicious. We were so full we didn't have dessert.
The ambiance was great, cozy and lively. Honestly, I was very surprised this was such a great place, after reading all the bad reviews here. O bill with 2 appys, 2 entrees and a bottle of wine came to $130 before tip. Very reasonable considering the quality of food and service.