I was pleasantly surprised by the atmosphere when we got inside. I have walked past it countless times and had always mistook it for a casual, checkered-tablecloth sort of setting (maybe because their logo is not very upscale and features a checkered tablecloth.)
The decor was tasteful and upscale (albeit a bit dark - especially since there are no windows) There was no music playing but plenty of privacy between tables.
I was not-so-pleasantly surprised by the menu and pricing. Like I said before, we were expecting a more casual restaurant, not $20 entrees. (Entrees themselves are priced around $15 but if you want any meats, meatballs, or cheese, it is about $3 per). They also charge $1 for hot water which I found amusing and weird at the same time.
So when my $20 fettucine alfredo arrived I was a little disheartened. Yes, it was tasty, but nothing very memorable. I was disappointed that they only serve ONE piece of garlic bread with an entree (for that price? come on). That being said, the garlic bread was very greasy and left a horrible taste in my mouth. Like fish or something.
Many pasta places at this price point seem more reasonable because they offer large portions so you can get leftovers. Not saying they skimped with the portions, but not anything incredible, nor could you get 2 meals from it.
It would have been nice to have a small salad with it since pasta and bread are so heavy but I didn't want to be spending ~$30/person at this point.
The staff weren't exceptionally friendly or good. There seemed to be one waitress and two other girls who awkwardly roamed up to the tables and then walked away without saying anything. I assumed they were trolling for things such as drink refills, however, she passed our table several times (including one time when she delivered the food) without offering a refill on an empty glass or taking an empty plate. We also had to wave at someone for a good while to come and give us our bill even though there were only maybe 4 occupied tables in the entire restaurant and 3 front of house staff.
Overall, I am neutral. The atmosphere was very nice and the food was decent but I feel that it's overpriced and not worth going back. Little things such as signage to indicate where washrooms are, or breath mints to take away that disgusting grease taste from the garlic bread, would go a long way.
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