We visited Blacksmith Italian last week on a Friday evening. We were greeted right away and shown to our table by a pleasant and welcoming hostess. The menu length was just about right-one page-with plenty to choose from but not too many as to be overwhelming. The two of us shared a starter of calamari puttanesca which was excellent. The calamari were very lightly breaded and cooked perfectly so they were very tender. They were served over a slightly spicy red sauce that complemented the light taste of the seafood. Our second course was the anchovy salad. The greens were fresh and lightly coated with a tasty vinaigrette. The white anchovies, placed on the top, were of high quality, but we did decide that they still don't like anchovies much. My manicotti was unusual but delicious. The filling was put into thin crepes, along with the interesting addition of braised kale. The tomato sauce covering the dish was good. My husband's Tuscan steak was a good cut but just a bit over-cooked. Also, his accompanying potato wedges were not quite done. We did mention the potatoes to our wait staff and were given a comp dessert in response. On the whole, it was a very pleasant dinner. The service was good and our bottle of wine was excellent. The place itself is very noisy, however, and it would be difficult to try to converse with a table of friends. I would suggest they consider adding some acoustical modifiers, such as tapestries on the walls.
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