I had heard from friends that this was a great place for pasta. They line up out the door it's so good, they said. The tortellini alla panna (my very favouirte) is amazing I was told. Ha!
I arrived early for dinner and there was not yet a huge crowd. I was provided a seat in front of the door. So ambiance first. The tables are small and the seats are closely placed, there is no chance a conversation you have would not be overheard. Crowded would be the best description. The table was also close to the door, which was frequently opened and caused a cold draft to all of the surrounding tables. As new diners came in they stood overlooking those tables near the front of the restaurant, not a very comfortable feeling being watched eat.
We ordered main courses and an appetizer. The appetizer came and within 2 minutes the meal came, not giving any time to finish the appetizer. When I mentioned this to waitress that if I finished the appetizer my meal would be cold, she looked at me shocked....really, I did not want it? I asked her to take the appetizer away. There was no apology for bringing the meal too quickly, nor was the appetizer removed from the bill.
The appetizer was tasty, from what I had of it but how do you mess up foccacia. In hindsight I should have eaten it because it was much better than the pasta.
The pasta was a mass of food. The tortelini were gummy and lacked flavour. The sauce was bland. Fresh grated parmesan was not offered, nor fresh ground pepper., There was a small shaker of parmesan on the table that you would get in any pizza shop. At $17 for the entree I could have had a better meal from a grocery store shelf for considerably less..
This is not somewhere that even had enough potential to go back and try again.