J. Rocco Italian Table & Bar
J. Rocco Italian Table & Bar

J. Rocco Italian Table & Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.jroccoitalian.com/
  • Phone: 3124750271x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday - Thursday 5PM-10PM Dinner
    Friday - 5PM-11PM Dinner
    Saturday - 5PM-11PM Dinner
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Chef Steven Chiappetti
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: 2nd Floor Private Dining Room Available

    Please inquire at Jodi.mcnamara@jroccoitaliantable.com
  • Special Events: Contact Joe Frasca @ 219-306-6400

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Superior St. and Chicago Ave on Clark Street
  • Public Transit: L stop just a block west on Chicago Avenue and bus stop nearby.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking is available. There is additionally street parking and nearby garage parking and a private lot across the street.
A word from J. Rocco Italian Table & Bar
At J. Rocco Italian Table & Bar, we cherish the love shared and life lessons learned around the family table and we welcome you to gather with loved ones and celebrate. J. Rocco has brought the "mom and pop" spirit and Honest Italian to River North with a diverse menu of rustic Italian cuisine by Chef Javier Perez.

Indulge in hearty fare inspired by our Calabrian heritage featuring house made pastas, pizzas, entrées, hearty soups, salads and the BEST meatballs in Chicago. Pair your selections with an Italian varietal from our wine list or one of our signature Grappas, fresh herb-infused cocktails and martinis and Italian microbrews.

Reservations are conveniently available on Open Table or by phone. Also, visit our website at www.jroccoitalian.com.

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J. Rocco Italian Table & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
63 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (38)fit for foodies (23)good for groups (20)romantic (13)special occasion (11)great for outdoor dining (10)notable wine list (9)hot spot (3)kid-friendly (3)vibrant bar scene (3)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Exceptional trattoria style food
    DanSVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Some of the best Italian food I have had this side of the Atlantic. It was very home-style kind of dishes but absolutely perfectly executed. The deserts were a little wanting, but the meal was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find.
    RoccoVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Loved this. So glad we found it. Jodi was so welcoming from the first minute. Service was attentive. Pasta was wonderful. Great flavor and tender. Bread was great too. Would recommend it in a minute.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cc
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The food is authentic Italian-fresh and innovative! The manager is a delight. They served us a fabulous wine which we will buy more of when we return home. If you have ever been to Italy and loved the food, you will appreciate this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • neighborhood gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Don't know how this place does not have long lines out the door every night. Food is exceptional. Who knew that 'root vegetables' could be that good? Risotto completely dependable and delightful every time. And spaghetti al credo -- how do that get that much better to stay on the noodles? wow!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent meal!
    linz3434VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    A girlfriend and I came in for an early dinner on a Tuesday and couldn't have been more pleased - exuberant and knowledgeable service, very friendly and accommodating staff and the food was truly delicious. I also have a gluten allergy and the gluten free pasta (a linguine!) was one of the best I've ever had. I appreciate a restaurant that takes care in offering a gluten free pasta that isn't a boring, tough penne. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never fails to amaze
    sherylsouthloop
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I love this place. Went once with cousins who live across the street and go all the time. The food and the service is amazing. The last time I went I brought my best gal friends who are big foodies and very critical -- and they gave it rave reviews. Pastas are large, so you can share if you want. Every time I see their facebook posts of food of the day I want to go again. You have to try the meatballs -- outstanding -- along with just about everything else on the menu.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not so good
    littlesquirt
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We picked this restaurant when trying to find an Italian restaurant in Chicago near where we were staying after reading some reviews on Open Table. Our waiter was very nice, however service overall was mediocre at best as was the food. None of the appetizers or entrees were really hot. The wine list was not available and when we asked for a Chardonay there were none available. After the food, we ordered 2 espressos that were really not espressos and they did not offer any specialty coffee drinks for after dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We will be back
    Erasmus69VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This was our first visit here, even though we live 1.5 blocks away. Everything was excellent. They were out of the wine we ordered, so the server brought samples of 3 similar wines for us to taste before ordering, a great gesture. The food was excellent, 1 pasta dish and 2 fish dishes. The menu thought not large is extremely varied, with many different appealing choices. Can't rate the desserts, since we were too full to order any!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, fun food, noisy
    RachelVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The meatball sampler is fun. We also liked the pasta with pesto and pasta frasca. Will definitely be going back. Gets noisy as the night goes on.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Neighborhood Gem
    51years
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    The service was was great, friendly and professional,food was high quality and very tasty. My scallops were crisp and juicy on the inside, the ciopino was all seafood in a very flavorful broth, my husband's lamb meatballs were huge and yummy. He loved his pasta. Got taste the wine before we chose. Will make this place a regular.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just what we were looking for!
    CLEgirl19
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I picked the restaurant for a bachelorette party dinner and couldn't have been more pleased. We wanted Italian but not something too too expensive, and based on the reviews and menu, I picked J. Rocco. We loved the atmosphere, the drinks, the food and the service! We knew right away we liked the waiter. He was so talkative and helpful and came around the perfect number of times. We also had help from the bartender because one of the girls wanted him to surprise her with a drink. The manager was also over at our table suggesting places to go after dinner and even brought us champagne to celebrate! The food was awesome. You could tell it was very fresh, and we liked that it was a little different than the Italian we're used to. Great place!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative Italian Cooking
    GuillermoVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We have dined at J. Rocco twice and both times found the menu full of interesting items. The recipes reveal creative interpretations of standard Italian fare. Prices are reasonable and the atmosphere is warm and friendly. A welcome addition to our neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem
    JTravel
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Great place! This is a very cozy Italian restaurant that is still chic. Outstanding. Food was amazing
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent and great new find for us
    mjk00VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We came with a large group of friends and had a great meal and dining experience. Service was impeccable. Ambience is cozy and energetic like a real Italian restaurant. Great choice of small plates, apps and entrees. cocktails were delicious and wine choices excellent with a taste offered for each. Food was excellent and portions are generous for sharing. Make sure to try the meatballs and the salmon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My go-to neighborhood gem
    expectgoodfoodVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I eat here often because it is close to where I live and you can count on consistently good Italian food. I have gone here with party of two, party of 6, and party of 12 and had wonderful experiences with all. I like the fact that this is a small place - reminds me of neighborhood NYC places which I long for often. I find most Chicago restaurants way too big. If you prefer small, welcoming, neighborhood gems with consistently good food. This place is for you.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • prefect evening
    dlittled
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Had been there before and being able to carry on a conversation without a lot of distraction. Server was attentive, as was the manager, would highly Recommend Rocco's to anyone, and the meal was fantastic too
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This Place Should Be Packed
    Cindy
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    This was our first time at J. Rocco and we had a great meal. Glasses of wine are $5.00 Wednesdays so that put us in a good mood. We started with an Asparagus, Pecorino and White Truffle pizza which was delicious. I ordered the half chicken which came in a tasty sauce. We loved the other dishes we ordered. There were maybe four other tables the entire time we were there. I don't know why it wasn't busy. With the wine special, the place should have been packed. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hidden Gem
    ScotVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Every time we come here, we like it better. Great food, great find.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will go back.
    DinerVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Great dishes. Very good all around. Cozy restaurant. Very friendly staff. Not too crazy about their wines, but they were accommodating to help find a nice one. Our waiter was also the bar tender, which resulted in waiting longer than we wanted to for what we needed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JulieVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    loved the concept of a meatball tasting, however, the shrimp one was so salty we couldn't eat it, and the rest of the sauces were just marginal. Pizza with chicken was very dry. Wait staff was very nice and professional.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • TatataVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Pizza - flat bread was very good , pasta fat , overcooked , salad without dressing , told waiter never get it. Ordered beef meatballs gor lamb meatballs . It was pretty empty but waiter did not bother to come and check on us. Could be a great place but.....
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  • Excellent food, good service
    Mario
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Definetelly I am going back there. Great food, big portions so you can share and not very expensive. Very good deal
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food - Good Value
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    This is a "small plates" type of restaurant with very good food. The starters and appetizers are so good and filling, that this past time we didn't even order any pastas or entrees. Make sure you don't miss the meatballs which are superb. However, be aware that the restaurant, which is usually full, is very noisy. The brick walls don't help. We were at a long table for 7 of us and it was impossible to hear the conversations at the other end. It's probably a little more comfortable during the week.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!
    SharieN
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Everything we've ever had here tastes amazing!! Now whenever we are in the city, we eat here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasantly surprised!!!
    paigeluVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    I made reservations a whim, solely based on OpenTable and Yelp reviews. This was a kick-off dinner for a bachelorette weekend, so the criteria was a restaurant with a fun atmosphere, delicious Italian food at moderate prices. This place had it ALL! It was a fantastic experience, and all the girls had a ball! We ordered 3 bottles of wine and each girl had a full entree, plus a few apps and cocktails, and we all came out of there in under $65/person (gratuity included, split 7 ways). I HIGHLY recommend the Taglietele and the meatballs! The bread is delicious and the risotto was excellent, too! There is a terrace out front if you have a smaller party & want to eat al fresco. The dining room was lovely; perfect for a date or group of gals!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nancy
    lovegoodfood
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Great evening! We enjoyed everything from our appetizer to our dessert. The ravioliette was amazing as was my husband's tagliatelle. Wine and service was great! The background music provided relaxed ambiance. Can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fair at best
    skateradeVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    restaurant has a great location and concept but poorly executed by inattentive staff and kitchen. not a terrible experience but not good either. will not be returning to this place.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 36 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 190 reviews are from the J. Rocco Italian Table & Bar reviews archive.
  • MRBPVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Food was excellent, service was very lacking. The restaurant was very understaffed, causing long waits for everything from drinks to the bill.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Absolute Treasure!
    Frekles
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Fabulous food at decent prices, served by staff that is knowledgeable, polite, and goes above and beyond to make sure that your dining experience is not only pleasant, but memorable. Superb execution of Italian dishes, a vast diverse alcohol selection, and the special attention to detail made this a great choice for dinner. We would absolutely recommend J. Rocco's to anyone looking for authentic Italian food and atmosphere. One of the high-points of our birthday weekend in Chicago for certain.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding service
    BeeJ
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Another delightful meal featuring fine food, superb suggestions from the waitstaff, and excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great surprise
    Christine
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We found it by accident and we were surprised and thrilled with our find. The staff was welcoming and engaging; helped to enhance our experience. The entire evening was a positive - beginning with the young hostess, Bernice, who greeted us so pleasantly & assured us a window seat for dinner. Kevin, the bartender was outstanding; Justin - an excellent waiter, professional & conversant ,.Jessica enhanced our evening by engaging us in entertaining conversation. Highlight - Joe & Colleen, the owners, came to our table and added to making us feel welcome. Very enjoyable; we will be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Salty
    Suburbansue
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Having been there before I thought what a great place to celebrate 2 birthdays. The pea soup and deserts were good, had we stopped there we would have been fine. The chef may have confused other spices for salt. Everything else over salted and cold, with the exception of the pasta which was full of pepper. I brought home a meatball for my husband who likes salt. It was inedible. We did mention it and got some gelato. Server was very nice but kept cleaning our table while we were eating. It was a Tuesdsy night, weren't very busy but we felt rushed. I did contact the restaurant but they never returned my email. I was embarrassed because I had suggested J Rocco.
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  • Cool italian place
    RachelVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Our friends recommended this place so we decided to check it out. The waiter was very helpful giving recommendations. The ambiance is cool, a bit noisy for my taste though. We liked the meatballs and they were fun to eat. Don't get the cold cauliflower, it's boring.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OK
    TribFoodCritic
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Space looks great (warehouse brick conversion) but it's extremely noisy (even at 1/3rd full my wife and I could not hear each other at a small table, by the time it filled up we could have used those NASA noise canceling headphones they used on the space shuttle. My wife had the half- chicken.... .....which was an interesting flat shape, I assume they press them flat in a large mechanical press prior to freezing. No doubt they have better shipping density this way, but it doesn't make it very appetizing. I had the lamb meatballs (which were interesting, sort of a Soylent Green texture) and the risotto. So a hearty 2.5 stars. PS. - in the Open Table reservation I asked for a special touch, no one at the resto acknowledged the request.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great quaint space
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Give the meatballs a try, pasta bowls are great too! Their desserts are changed every two days so give one of them a try too!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food could be better
    Cara
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    The ambience is wonderful and the service was great. The pizza appetizer was very good and the menu had many wonderful selections. Unfortunately the fish I had (cod) was dry and did not taste fresh despite the fact that it was considered one of the specialties. My friend had salmon and while she didn't say anything, the piece of salmon was flattened and also looked dry. I really want to like this place and I'm willing to try it again.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice.
    Foodie
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    It's a nice small restaurant and we went with a large group but we were still able to talk. The wait staff was very attentive. Food was very good. The only thing I didn't really care for was the ceasar salad because it had alot of anchovies on it. I realize that is traditional but too strong for me. Meatball sampler was great as an appetizer for the group.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Totally Lackluster - Disappointed
    VinoVIP
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Dined here this past Sunday evening after reading reviews on Trip Adivsor and Open Table and it was within walking distance to our hotel. Should have walked away after we entered the restaurant and no one was at the maitre d' stand to greet us and no one was behind the bar. The restaurant had a few tables with patrons and several that were not cleaned from prior guests. When greeted we were told we could have any table as the place was not busy. Overall the food was marginal, certainly nothing to write home about or cause to return. Not sure if this was an off night or because it was Sunday no one really cared. Sadly, I won't be returning as Chicago has way to many other Italian options with better ambience and preformance.
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  • Just OK
    Eagle779VIP
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    We visited on a Sunday night when the restaurant was uncrowded. It was a bit disappointing. All the menu choices were very heavy and large. Even the pea soup was thick with meat, bread, cream, potatoes and a variety of other ingredients which I couldn't really identify. The chicken pizza had a great crust, but was weighted down with too much cheese and way too much garlic. The best dish was the romaine salad with fried anchovies, which was large enough for two people to share. The extremely limited wine list had just a few decent wines, although the prices were quite reasonable. With all the great casual Italian restaurants in the area, this one will need to improve dramatically if it's going to survive.
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  • Disappointed
    ZEC87VIP
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Always wanted to try this restaurant, it had great reviews on yelp! Unfortunately, it was not a great experience. First off, the place was dead! Secondly, the food a was overpriced for the quality. We ordered shrimp meatballs and they were fishy, the pizza had no taste and the burrata was cold before it got to the table.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet