My family and I sought out this gem just blocks from the beach while on vacation in Ventura recently. I had seen positive reviews before we arrived, so knew it was worth going to.
My wife and our two young girls arrived quite early, well before anyone else was thinking about dinner. We had the whole place to ourselves. We sat inside by the large window facing the street. We enjoyed the sunlight, and seeing the beach goers walk to and fro. The dining room is tastefully decorated—we liked the orange fabrics and dark furniture.
Our server was very professional and attentive, and was being shadowed by a new server as well. She was doing a great job teaching as well as serving. The fresh bread and olive oil was warm and tasty as we pored over the many menu options.
Our girls settled on a sausage pizza (they are easy to please). It was very well made, with hand-tossed crust and fresh ingredients. My wife and I split the Mista salad as an appetizer, very fresh and tasty. For dinner, she had the Rigatoni alla Bava minus the ham, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I had the house special that night, which was a Risotto with shrimp and orange zest, topped with cracked pepper and fresh grated Parmesan. It was delectable—I strongly urge the staff to make it a menu staple. If not, be sure to ask for it on your visit!
My girls had hearts set on Surf N Yogurt down the street after dinner unfortunately, as I would very much have liked to try their dessert. Should you happen to have leftovers, and take them to the beach, don’t let them out of your hand—as the seas rats, I mean seagulls, have quite the knack for ripping open those white Styrofoam boxes and pillaging your tasty treasures in the blink of an eye. We were quite flabbergasted and disappointed to watch the girl’s leftover pizza get tossed in the sand.
The staff was gracious to our children, but we got the sense that this is more the place for adults and nice, romantic dinners. But if you have kids, PLEASE don’t hesitate to go for the amazing food—you won’t be disappointed. We will be back if ever in the area!
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