Southern Italian homemade pastas, soups and salads. In-house bakery, deli and market. Mom cooks in the back, daughter swings cappuccinos, and dad, Vito, charms the customers.
The food is about a 3.5. This place is different, it's basically a few tables and chairs set alongside a grocery store / deli. It's fairly authentic food but the food isn't sublime it is well-cooked though. If you are looking for non-fussy home-cooked Italian this is a good place. The menu pricing is obsolete, I'm not quite sure why they haven't reprinted new menu's with the new pricing. Their menu's are only laminated pieces of paper, it shouldn't be too hard to print up new ones.... I ordered based on the old prices and then was told prices have gone up (i.e. something costing 6.99 before is now 8.99...) Yes food costs have gone up, but not 20%. When you have no ambiance and are a no-frills establishment I don't see how the 20% price raise was justified by the new owner's. The best value here is to order the main course with pasta specials like veal with pasta, you can choose the pasta you want its about $12. Gnocchi is $1 extra. The half salad's are also fairly generous here and well worth the $5. While other's raved about the free balsamic vingegar/olive oil mixture served with the bread, it's not the best quality. Rolls are included but the bad part is if the person served the rolls hasn't finished them it goes back into the communal basket, other places probably do that as well just not in front of the customer. I found that a bit disturbing. Overall it was a good meal, but a bit pricey for the no-frills ambiance especially as the food was good but not amazing.
So, it's really just a deli with a few tables in front of the cash register. No liquor license. But this place has character. Not on the walls or the furnishings, but from the inside out. We love the owners wife (daughter?) She's a breath of fresh air, some days decked out in an outfit that will be sure to make you smile. She treats everyone with the same cheer, not just the "special" customers. My favorite is spaghetti vongole. A proper plate of pasta just like Mrs. Dippolito served up way back when when I lived next door to the nicest family from Napoli. Oh, I digress. Funny thing is you have to walk thru the kitchen to get to the washroom and you see them working hard in the kitchen, all having a good time. Get there early if you want a table at lunchtime. Be careful if you're sitting next to the shelves, last time I saw a guy knock a bottle down. The free cookies are a nice touch. Don't go expecting fancy anything... It is what it is and it's quite a treat as far as I'm concerned.
I just in the neighbourhood with a few of my girlfriends. We were looking for a place to grab some lunch. Then I remembered when I took my road test, the examiner actually recommended this little deli, during the test. So we thought it must be pretty good. It was 12:30 when we got there, the wait was about 15 to 20 mins, it was reeeeaaally busy. The tables were all full and there were a lot of customers lining up for take-out.
While we wait, they gave us a menu to look at so by the time we sat down, we were pretty much ready to order. A very friendly lady took our order. Nothing much happened there. We ordered the Spicy Chicken pasta, Beef Stew with pasta, Minestrone soup, and Panino sandwich. The pasta and stew were solid. The soup was a little disappointing because it wasn't what I expected. It's a clear stock soup rather than the tomato based one that I'm used to. But the sandwich made up for everything. The sandwich was excellent!! A must try!
The best part of this place is the service that you get. It's such a welcoming atmosphere because of the people there. Everyone was really friendly, kind, and really takes good care of you. The only awkward thing about this place is that it's also a grocery type store so we were eating next to hundreds of bottles of oil and vinegar.
Absolutely love this place. Mom cooks with fresh ingredients in a meticulously clean kitchen in the back, daughter behind the counter makes sandwiches and slings cappuccinos that will soothe even the worst rush hour temper, and pop, Vito, serves and charms customers in this down-to-earth restaurant and deli. We ate the Prima Vera Pasta and homemade meat loaf. Stupendous. Best to go at lunch when the place is packed with animated Italians. Sandwiches, soups, pastas, shopping and a breath of old-world air, all in a space no larger than my apartment. No attitude here. Just sincere people proud of what they do. 'Can't say enough about it.
the food is outstanding. great quality and great value... you get about 2 meals worth out of an $8 plate of pasta. The owner and staff are very friendly. free cookies for the kids, or anybody when they leave. small family run business that serves quality food at a good price... this is a one of the last of it's kind. and it's about the only positive establishment in a ridiculously bleak stretch of commercial real estate. (hard core fitness studio also being an exception)
The food has always been very good ,with the new owner however the service has gone in the ditch.
He let every body go that was good and hung on to some of the slowest uniterested people I have seen.
He needs to keep an eye on the service or he will loose everthing the previous owner worked for .
I was in the area with my boyfriend and we passed this place. On the way back, I suggested stopping in because there were a lot of customers inside and they all seemed to be enjoying themselves. The seating is very limited but we sat down and they quickly cleaned the table for us. There's a lot of pasta choices and daily specials. My boyfriend ordered gnocchi with creamy tomato sauce (he loved it and said the sauce was very tangy, the way he likes it). I had a generously-portioned toasted panini with my choice of meat and cheese from the deli counter (prosciutto and sun-dried tomato havarti). It was probably one of the best sandwiches I've ever eaten. I was only able to finish half and took the rest to go. The bill was less than $13, yet we agreed that it was way better than the $70 lunch we had at Horizons a few weeks ago.
Throughout our lunch we received very good and friendly service from a young woman and an older man. As we were waiting in line at the till to pay, the man came around with a tray of cookies to offer the customers.