We ended up at Anzio Landing by default because the original restaurant we were headed to was not open on Sundays. We were prepared to be underwhelmed upon entry as the room was open and plain with little decor or atmosphere. We were welcomed immediately and warmly and were happy to be seated along the side wall as the tables in the middle of the room were just that, with no division or ambience. From the moment we were seated, we were continually surprised and eventually impressed with this small restaurant. The service was impeccable, the food outstanding, and the whole experience memorable. (The old adage- don't judge a book by its cover!) Our waiter was attentive, knowledgeable, and non-intrusive. We ordered the trio of bruschetta with an amiable adjustment of no smoked salmon. The two types we shared were each delicious in their own way. My husband had the house salad which was fresh if not extraordinary. For the main course, my husband ordered the lasagna and I the pasta diablo. Both were bursting with flavour. The sauce on his lasagna had a complex, roasted flavour as if the sauce had been simmering all day. My pasta had a blush sauce that was equally creamy and tomato-y but also gave the palate a bit of a "nip" with spice - it was perfect! My husband knows his wine so chose wisely from the wine list and we enjoyed a red that was a perfect complement to the food. Both portions were so large we couldn't finish and brought them home. The leftovers were almost as good the next evening. We spotted the owner visiting various tables during the evening to chat with customers and check on the food. He also came to ours near the end of our meal. We enjoyed talking to him. My husband, who loves to cook, tried to pry some recipes from him to no avail, of course! So we promised we would be back, which we definitely will. My husband has travelled a lot on business and visited many Italian restaurants in Canada and US. He states that this one is "up there" on the list as one of the best. My only recommendation for the restaurant is that it needs to be spruced up a bit to give it some atmosphere and more privacy between tables.
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