First review, the rating system here is not perfect. This place not quite what I expected from the previous reviews.
Anyways, it serves me right to think that an authentic tuscan italian restaurant exists in Richmond! The previous reviews are a bit over the top for the place it really is. Need to get a real rating in here.
Where it's good:
Food was good and for the most part well flavoured and well cooked (Only real knock was that medium rare steaks at our table were quite rare)
Portions are fair for the price. Pasta's range from $11-$17, meat dishes hit $27... normal pricing for the type of food.
You can get a decent meal here.
Where it fails:
Ambiance - Completely lacking in any Italian feel, nevermind tuscany. Decor is pretty plain jane.
Wine - ok selection, improper storage. Our bottle of Chianti PIscilli 06 was quite warm. Was explained to me that the lights are what made it warm. Well........
Servers aren't experienced in this kind of dining.
Menu didn't have an italian/tuscany feel to it as it was simply a selection of pasta and meats. You have to have a some kind of special type of pizza! They did have a tuscany soup but no one was interested in trying that.
So first impressions didn't set me off right. The food was good. I won't call it outstanding but with this rating system, I don't want to give them a 3 either. I was going in expecting a fine dining night. It's not a fine dining restaurant. Overall a solid experience, but not the incredible ratings that are being given so far. Kind of like a good chinese restaurant minus the chinese food.