We dined at Savio's during a recent visit to Alexandria. It had been some while since we'd had a memorable Italian meal; so the 10% discount card offered by our hotel made this Northern and Southern Italian place a must-try.
The food was the best part of the experience. Since the menu is a la carte and the prices are a bit high, we stuck with the pasta entrees. We were not disappointed. My spinach-and-cheese ravioli -- in a tomato-cream sauce with seasonal vegetables and chicken -- were toothsome and delicious. (I'd order them again without hesitation!) Our daughter's gnocchi -- in a garlicky pesto sauce -- were comfort food extraordinaire. And my husband's rigatoni with sausage in a house-made tomato sauce hit the spot, too.
A salad of fresh mozzarella, basil, and tomatoes was a fine appetizer. More refined -- and interesting -- was a featured salad of greens with mission figs, walnuts, and Granny Smith apples. (To our dismay, we discovered along the way that the apple slices were missing. Our server, when notified, checked with the kitchen -- then announced, sans apology, that they had "run out" of Granny Smiths. Since it was still early Saturday evening, we thought that a flimsy excuse -- and subtracted points accordingly.)
Service was businesslike, but not all that friendly. (A little warmth would have made a major difference.) Atmosphere was quiet. Decor, in our book, could stand to be updated -- and literally lightened up.
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