We were in the area and decided to try Italian Kitchen for dinner. We have been to Trattoria Italian Kitchen and since this restaurant belongs to the same group we decided to give it a try. They have a completely differnt menu than the Trattoria. Prices are slightly higher. We did not have a reservation but it was early on Saturday evening so there was no problem getting a seat.
Unlike a previous review I did not find the music too loud. I'm very sensitive to overly loud music but here I found it just provided a nice background and added to the ambiance. It is a very pleasant room and the tables are not crowded together so it is easy to talk to your companion.
We decided to try the meat and fish platter. It consisted of veal milanese, linguine carbonara, forno trout, crab stuffed prawns, fried broccoli and seasonal vegetables. The platter was a good size. There was certainly enough food. All of the food was very good but the trout was just decent. The trout was well prepared, nice and moist but it just seemed very bland. It could have used some seasoning or herbs to bring out the flavour. We shared a torta di cioccolato for dessert, basically a flourless chocolate cake with expresso gelato and pecan crocante. Very tasty.
The service that we received was absolutely amazing. We had ordered a bottle of wine. While he was taking food from the platter my husband hit the wine bottle that was sitting on the table and it toppled over. He managed to catch it but some of the wine spilled onto the floor and tablecloth. Our waiter hurried over, said "don't worry about it, just relax and enjoy the rest of your meal and we'll take care of the problem" They cleaned up the mess promptly, checked to be sure that none of the wine had spilt on us and gave us two additional glasses of wine to compensate us for the spilled wine. This is gesture that was very much appreciated, especially since the incident was our fault. It is the sort of gesture that ensures that we would return. Wine and water was topped up continuously during our meal. After we finished out entrees our waiter brought us the dessert menu. He waited a decent interval and asked if we wanted dessert. My husband said yes we would like dessert but we would like to relax over wine first. The waiter said no problem, when we're ready just turn over the menu and he'll come back to take our order. 2 minutes after we turned over the menu he was there to take our order. This waiter is a real gem. Absolutely exceptional service.
We'll definetly return. It was a great evening.