CUCINA urbana
CUCINA urbana

CUCINA urbana

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cucinaurbana.com/home
  • Phone: 6192392222x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner:
    SUNDAY | 4:30p - 9p
    MONDAY| 5p - 9p
    TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY | 5p – 10p
    FRIDAY + SATURDAY | 5p – 10:30p dinner | 10:30p – 12a pizza + vasi

    Lunch:
    TUESDAY - THURSDAY | 11:30a-2p
    FRIDAY | 11:30a-5p
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Joe Magnanelli
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: URBAN KITCHEN CATERING provides four star, stunning events with menus unique to your occasion. For more information check the URBAN KITCHEN CATERING link on our website www.urbankitchengroup.com or call Alison at 619.239.2222 extension 2. Or if interested in restaurant buyout opportunities, please contact Tiffany Tassano at 619.239.2222 extension 1.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 5th Avenue
  • Parking: Valet
A word from CUCINA urbana
Welcome to CUCINA urbana, a casual Italian American Neighborhood Kitchen and Wine Shop located in the heart of Banker's Hill. The menu highlights the cuisines of various Italian regions with a distinct California ‘farm to table’ flair for which the Urban Kitchen Group has become known. Chef Joe Magnanelli is excited to preview his Italian heritage and create dishes that are fresh, simple and seasonal. Items include: antipasti, artisan pizza, pasta and piatti. Enjoy wine by the glass or visit the Wine Spectator award-winning wine shop and select a bottle from over 100 selections at retail price ($8 corkage fee applies). The space features contemporary elements and vintage artifacts creating the feel of a modern Italian kitchen combined with the history and comfort of an old rustic country farmhouse. A focus on raw, sustainable material is evident with much product coming from recycled/reclaimed local sources.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
CUCINA urbana reviews from OpenTable diners
391 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelEnergetic
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (274)hot spot (209)neighborhood gem (202)special occasion (194)notable wine list (188)good for groups (123)vibrant bar scene (120)romantic (110)great for lunch (54)late-night find (34)kid-friendly (19)great for brunch (8)great for outdoor dining (4)scenic view (4)Show More
  • Amazing spot
    BillVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Great food great drinks would definitely go back because my meal was fantastic
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent and Great
    RickC
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    ...I think. I'm addicted to the short rib papaderro(sp?). Amazing favors. Two at our table had the SRP. The spaghetti carbanerro looked good as well. Was a bit surprised by the very small cookie with a candle for a birthday celebration but might have been that one of the two tiramisu 's was comped. The zucchini blossoms were also good as usual along with the focaccia. The Rosemary honey butter is amazing! Make sure you get you reservation a week or two in advance especially if more than 4 persons.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    great treat for out of town company. noise level too much. Enjoyed the community table. Hostess was very accommodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always A+++ Dining and Service
    1happybellyVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    I enjoyed Cucina Urbana again, my 3rd time since late July. Always outstanding in every category. I can't say enough about the pork belly, squash blossoms, variety of salads....I haven't even gotten to an entrée so far. The customer service is extraordinary and staff always a pleasure to spend an evening with.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good , creative food
    mojonana3
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Four of us enjoyed a wonderful dinner before the theater. None of us had been there before and the food quality will bring us back. The shuttle service to the theater was very handy. Our waiter was very attentive and helpful with our choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • local
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    I hadn't been in for a awhile.....wow....salad was so SMALL for 11.50??? added chicken for an almost $20 salad???
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Healthy and Very Tasty
    Bevgo
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Loved the ambience of this eclectic place. All staff were attentive and friendly. The Squash Blossom appetizer was the most wonderful I've ever had- crisp on the outside and yummy cheese in the middle. My Tuna Conserva was wonderful- the fish was moist and the sauce was delish. We brought in a "service dog in training" and the staff was very helpful in finding a good place for the dog to lay by our table and out of the way of the major traffic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty Much Perfection
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We came for a Wednesday date night and were lucky enough to get Peter as our server. He was very attentive, informative and spent time talking with us. We will definitely be back soon! The food was unbelievable and perfectly portioned. We enjoyed the Braised Beef Papperdelle, Pork Tenderloin, Brussel Sprouts and the Hummus Vasi. I can say nothing wrong about the food! Was a full house but not too loud and didn't feel like we were fighting for service or attention. Thanks for having us!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A wonderful experience!
    Meggle
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    My husband and I recently moved to the area, and I chose this restaurant to celebrate his birthday. I had read about Cucina Urbana online; the reviewers gave it rave reviews for excellent food and a romantic setting. I ordered the sausage encrusted veal and the fried squash blossoms. He ordered an arugula salad and the shrimp Puttanesca. We both ordered a glass of wine. In addition, we received small flutes of champagne and a birthday dessert gratis in honor of the occasion. Everything was delicious! The service was top-notch as well. I look forward to my next dinner there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Martha
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Great dinner here as it was the first time three years ago...
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • biglooper
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Have never had any sort of bad experience at Cucina Urbana. Always on the list to where we bring out of towers to...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food - Rude Service
    kdnak22
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Food was really good. Brussel Sprouts were AMAZING!!!! Our server at first seemed ok, but we found out that a couple people at the last minute could not make it to our dinner and so we were three people shy of our reservation for 8. We told the server that we were more than happy to move to another smaller table. When the server found outgot increasingly rude throughout the night. Very snarky to the point he was making the table unconfortable and he neglected to put in put in one of our orders.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AlexVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Disappointing, been there before and had a different culinary experience. Pasta was stale, shrimp very rubbery (way overcooked). Red wine (extremely warm).
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Dishes sampled that are highly recommended; chicken liver pate, polenta board, grilled octopus, pasta bolognese, fig and gorgonzola pizza, pasta carbonara, seasonal sorbet, semifreddo, and seasonal fruit tart with malted gelato. All of these selections were on point.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience!
    pointloma2
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Service and food were excellent (especially the risotto!). Better yet, they had a free shuttle to and from the Old Globe theater When we returned our car was waiting right in front of the restaurant. They even kept our food in a refrigerator for us after the show - unfortunately we totally forgot it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great birthday dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We had a wonderful meal. The squash blossoms were too die for. They brought a special dessert for my daughter's birthday. Excellent service. It is my favorite place to eat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed this time
    PZPPT
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The food was excellent as usual and our waiter was fine. We love Cucina Urbana and made this reservation to celebrate my husbands retirement (last day of work!) for "just the two of us". When we arrived, the two hostesses stated that they did not have our reservation even though they new my husbands first name? They barely looked at us and said they could seat us anyway and we were taken to a table next to the waiters entrance. Needless to say, it wasn't wait we had expected.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Post airport pickup of J
    Andy123VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Late night dine w J, after flying home from San Antonio.. Oops, forgot it was rest week. Limited menus options, no worries. Staff was accommodating. Even waived corkage for sharing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Anniversary disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My husband & I have loved Cucina Urbana for the past 5 years & have always gone to celebrate special occasions, as we did on 09/27 for our 6 year wedding anniversary. I can only say that we were both so disappointed that I don't know if we'll be back for a long time. The service was awful, at one point I didn't even have silverware to eat my food. And I had wanted a second glass of wine with my dinner, but wasn't given a chance to ask. The food was lack luster, especially our dessert and because we were celebrating our anniversary I had wanted to enjoy a glass of champagne as well but instead of being asked how dessert was, I was given the bill. I left disappointed & frustrated that we had spent our anniversary not enjoying ourselves.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just okay
    WineandDine
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We came here for restaurant week and had heard such great things before hand. With a reservation they were 20 minutes late seating us didn't offer a refreshment or bread while we waited. The waitress was incredibly rude, we were expecting someone to tell us about the menu choices since this was restaurant week. Instead she didn't offer any description of the choices, didn't ask us for our drink order and walked away mid sentence. The support staff was fairly attentive but by the end of the evening our water pitcher had been removed and was never returned so our glasses were empty, the check was dropped in the middle of desert and we left deciding never to come back because it just wasn't worth it.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Won't be coming here anymore
    Sadfacediner
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    30 minutes wait after our reservation time before being seated. Hostess/bussers/bartender were great, our server was terrible. Didn't check on us, didn't run food, abnormally long wait before picking up check. Barely spoke to us at all the entire night. The entree (short rib par.) has gotten significantly worse than years before. More salty and less subtle red wine flavor. Virtually no meat in the dish as well.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not Our Favorite
    LuLuVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We had heard such wonderful things about this restaurant so we decided to try it during restaurant week. The decor is lovely and lively - however, the food was overzealous in being eclectic for Italian food. We should have chosen the pizza - we had the sea bass and rib eye. The bass had way too many white beans and had a breading on it - not so good. The rib eye was just that - rib eye - could get that anywhere. The cheese plate had one blue cheese on it and the rest was some kind of ricotta in a little bowl and some fruit concoction - not good! Disappointed overall.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • cucina
    cafedinner
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We have been to this place several times and it was always good. This time was different, the food was bad. I had the short ribs and it was mostly fat on the short rib. I major disappointment, especially since it was my wife's birthday.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sony
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Great choices for Restaurant Week lunches. I chose the $23 option and as a vegetarian I was elated to be able to have their carbonara pasta dish without the usual ham! Excellent Kale Ceasar Salad too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cucina Urbana
    JoePelly
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Had a 7:30 reservation during restaurant week which is always fairly difficult to accommodate at CU. Had an awesome table in the middle of the wine pantry where the noise level seemed significantly lower then the main dining hall. Surprisingly quick service, some of the better cheese/salami plates in SD, and a great restaurant week menu made this a great place to treat my father and younger sister for restaurant week. Would highly recommend Cucina Urbana to anyone who has not tried it. They also have a North County location now too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid choice
    Shefri
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    The food here is very good and prepared with attention to taste, freshness and presentation. We enjoyed the truffle parmesan fries which were very crispy, the way fries should be. I had an outstanding entree of short ribs over pappardelle which was very nuanced with lovely fresh pasta. My husband was a bit less enthusiastic about the duck over polenta, although it was good. It is a bit on the noisy side for me although many may just find it to be just a vibrant vibe. I would definitely return and do not hesitate to recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, Greater service
    S3rvic3
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I had completely forgotten about restaurant week and wanted to take my friend out for her birthday, luckily I was able to make a reservation last minute (thank you open table Gods) and the night was saved! Arrived on time and were sat within a few minutes by the very professional and friendly host. The person who walked us to our table was also very nice. Our server Kemper was great! He was very knowledgeable about the food and was able to narrow it down for me, as everything looked amazing. He always check in between courses and our wine/cocktails glasses were never empty, our water glasses were never empty either! Kemper brought out some gelattto and a champagne toast for my friend! How lovely! A happy birthday it was indeed. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food
    laurels
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The pizza and ragu boards are fantastic here. We came during restaurant week and prefer the options of the full menu, but it was still good. It is always a bit loud, but I still like the ambiance. The service is always very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Anniversary Dinner
    Boltswin
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Had an excellent meal. The ambiance was excellent for us, not too stuffy, but not too load either. Our server was very friendly, but made us feel like he was forgetting a couple of items we ordered. This was our first time visiting the restaurant, so it may be just how the meal flows there, but seems like a cheese appetizer we ordered should not have come out with our entrée. Not a big deal, but I felt like if I hadn't asked when it was going to be served we would not have received it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Food was great, but we were seated for 25 mins before our server even came to the table. After ordering salad, pizza, and dessert it took about 20 mins per course. If patience is not your strong suit or are very hungry, I recommend trying some place else.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty food and drinks
    coiptic
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Yet another great experience at Cucina Urbana! I love their pizzas--thin crust with just enough give and just enough crunch--and the fun twists on typical toppings. Will be back for more!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not worth it.
    Disappointed
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    With all the glowing reviews, we were excited to try Cucina Urbana. The atmosphere is comfortable and there is plenty of action. The food, however, is truly mediocre. We had the kale caesar which was bland and goopy. I had the puttanesca with shrimp on angel hair. The pasta was mushy and the sauce unremarkable. My wife had the cod which turned out to be the only good dish. My cheese plate had one piece of cheese on it and then some other unrecognizable items. Our server did not know the food very well and forget about the wine. When we told him our reactions to the food, he seemed truly uninterested. I cannot recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Average food
    kris
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    From the moment we stepped into the restaurant to when we left it was very lackluster and blah. The hostesses did not treat us with anything but indifference, they may have been too busy having a personal conversation. The waitress came to our table and her voice was a whisper, in a noisy restaurant it was very hard to hear her. Onto the food, the first time we visited Urbana when it was newer and a hotspot the food was much much better. This time it was bland unexciting and average. I doubt we will go back, there are too many new and more exciting spots to try.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect choice before theater
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Amazing creative decor matches the innovative menu! They also have a shuttle that drops off at The Old Globe Theater!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good
    tignino30
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We like the food and the place is beautiful. However, the lack of attention for the server made the experience ok. She could have been more attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best meal we had in San Diego!
    healthyfoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Cucina Urbana was highly recommended to us, and I'm so glad we made it in during a recent trip to San Diego. The food was amazing, and was the best meal we had on our trip! We had some of the best prosciutto ever on the charcuterie board, and fell in love with the homemade jams served alongside the cheeses. Our mains (whole fish and rib eye) were cooked and seasoned perfectly. And the fig semifreddo dessert was so unique and tasty! I'll be back next time I'm in town, for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Winegeeks & Cocktail Afficianados
    JessicaVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We stopped in with a friend visiting from Boston, and found so many choices we could easily still be there! Our cocktails were refreshing (Summer in Milan), original (Stranded Sicilian with smoked pineapple gin), and classic (Cucinegroni). The stuffed squash blossoms rank among the best I've had, and we ordered bread to soak up the dressing for the beet salad. The Librandi Gaglioppo, an offbeat red wine we drank with dinner, paired perfectly with our mushroom pizza, bucatini, and risotto. We nearly passed on dessert, but opted for a walk after trying the roasted strawberry fregolata and the even more amazing chocolate nutella zeppole with passion fruit creme.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner
    Eggbert747
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Unfortunity the AC was not working well. Very hot inside. Food and servince was good as usual. Had trouble finding a non-Italian wine that was reasonalbly priced and decent. Will definitely bring my own wine in the future. Hopefully the weather will improve, and the AC will be working next time
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Culinary excellence!
    ehb365VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Our second visit to Cucina Urbana. Our server Antonio remembered exactly how I liked my cocktail without me saying a word. His suggestions and attentiveness was impeccable. Our guest were vegetarian, gluten free and one has a serious allergy to nuts. The staff made sure our preferences/food allergies were duly noted. The food was amazing, arrived at precisely the right time. Antonio's knowledge of wine and recommendation was spot on! I have pretty discerning taste. Great experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So Glad We Went Here!
    TheBostonAnthonyVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Our server, Sarah, was outstanding. She realized we were out of town, first-time diners, and she walked us through the menu, answered all our questions, and laughed at our jokes. She had impeccable timing, never let our glasses get empty or our table get cluttered... and it made for a wonderful experience! She was such a positive, fun local and we really appreciated her all-around service excellence. The ricotta gnudi and foccacia with rosemary honey butter were both show-stoppers. The pizza was good but to be fair we're picky about pizza. The sauce was oddly sweet, almost too sweet. Quality meat toppings. Great crust! My wife's green garlic tagliatelle carbonara was excellent. The lasagna looked and tasted beautiful - a melange of meats!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.