Nonna's Cucina Ristorante
Nonna's Cucina Ristorante

Nonna's Cucina Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.nonnasristorante.com/
  • Phone: 9056327677x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm;


    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Jose B. Geada
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: For all catering inquiries please contact Elena Geada.
  • Private Party Facilities: We have a large private wine room available for booking. We can also accommodate larger parties in the main dining room upon request.
  • Private Party Contact: Elena 9056347677x
  • Entertainment: We offer live music and events on Friday and Saturday nights.
  • Special Events: We offer live music every Friday and Saturday night.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Howard
  • Public Transit: Buses regularly stop in front of our restaurant.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Private onsite parking in front of restaurant.
A word from Nonna's Cucina Ristorante
Nonna’s Cucina Ristorante is a family business dedicated to our Nonna. We serve rustic Italian cuisine, including a great assortment of appetizers, Burlington’s best thin crust pizza, pastas, and meat and fish dishes. No meal would be complete without our signature desserts such as Jose’s Tiramisu and Mrs.G’s Carrot Cake. We also offer a new 3-course pre-fixe menu, a lunch menu and children’s menu. Ask your server about our gluten-free and vegetarian options. Our wine selection includes a wide variety of imported Italian wines. Nonna’s house-made tomato sauce and Jose’s hot sauce is available to take home. If you are looking for a location for a family or business function, our private Wine Room has everything you are looking for, including access to our projector and screen. Check out our weeknight features such as Wine-down Wednesdays or Meatball & Martini Thursdays, and join us Friday and Saturday nights for live music. We look forward to taking care of you – just like Nonna would!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Nonna's Cucina Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
24 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (13)neighborhood gem (13)good for groups (12)romantic (9)fit for foodies (9)kid-friendly (5)notable wine list (5)late-night find (3)great for lunch (3)great for brunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Great Food and Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Had a wonderful meal on Saturday night. We had an amazing time food was wonderful , service was great . First time at this restaurant, but we will be back for sure .
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Three dishes- linguine and clam sauce- lots of fresh clams (only one didn't open), great sauce 2. Carbonara- rich, creamy and loved the raw yolk on presentation 3. Chicken Milanese with arugula, cherry tomatoes, and penne alio oglio- delicious! (needed some salt) App was calamari with spicy Sicilian sauce- calaramari was cooked perfectly- sauce was really spicy but still a jogreat appetizer. Service from the time we arrived was friendly and courteous- server knew the menu items.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great pizza. Live entertainment.
    AnnetteVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The food is excellent particularly their pizza. Thursday, Friday and Saturday they have live entertainment. The singer is always fantastic but it is always so loud it is difficult to talk to your dining guest. They just need to turn the volume down a bit and it would be a perfect evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasant surprise
    Nana25VIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I'd seen the restaurant many times, but since we live downtown where there are many good restaurants, we just hadn't made our way to Nonna's. It is peaceful and well appointed and the server was helpful and courteous. It was wonderful not to have to shout at my dining partner to be heard, as is the case in many restaurants, we've found! We will most certainly be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time, but not the last
    CHRISKY
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had never been to this restaurant and we are glad that we ate here. The service was excellent, food came out at just the right time. We shared an antipasto platter, had penne à la vodka and orecchietti with sausage and rapini, and we shared a tiramisu. They also have an extensive wine list. We were there on a Sat. evening, and they had a woman playing a keyboard and singing which was quite pleasant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • kingo369
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Service was very good. Food not so good, although I would go back for the thin crust pizza.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • customer
    Happy
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We were meet with a smile and friendly hello. Taken to our table right away and he stayed to get drink orders. Food was goood and we didn't wait too long. Service very good
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wednesdays
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Our first time visiting and will definately return! We recommended Nonna's to a friend and they thoroughly enjoyed themselves also. We were allowed plenty of time between courses to chat and enjoy our wine. We were not rushed along to get out as you are in other establishments.Thank you for the wonderful experience!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Enjoyable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My Husband and myself enjoyed a great meal with wonderful live music, playing. Really made our night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nonna's loud music
    mcsusiegirl
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We had dinner at Nonna's on Saturday night for the first time. Our reservation was at 6pm. Service was outstanding. Food was great...came hot to the table. Great selection on menu. Recommendations for wine was great. Decor lovely. We did not like the music. Two gentlemen played guitar and sang songs from the 80's and back. It was loud and difficult to even carry on a conversation. This type of music may be great later in the evening after 9pm when the dinner crowd was finished, but at 6pm it was not an appropriate selection of songs. I would have enjoyed more italian style music - or something just instrumental while dining. I think the music did not do the restaurant justice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was fantastic
    Luv2din
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Service was great! Greeted very quickly! Friendly atomosphere!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and atmosphere
    DanoMcD
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We tried this restaurant out for a romantic birthday dinner. It had great food and a nice atmosphere but be ready to pay a little more as it is on the upper end for price.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 12 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 70 reviews are from the Nonna's Cucina Ristorante reviews archive.
  • Just like Nonna's
    sketchemup
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Excellent little Italian eatery, great ambiance, excellent food, great service all at a reasonable price
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An Aldershot low-keyed gemstone!
    Pickypickypicky
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Third visit and things have improved in terms of portion sizes and overall service. Last time out, the lasagna was the size of a deck of cards and just as thick, so overpriced and lost on the plate it came on. Net result was one diner finished ten minutes ahead of the rest of the party; their portions larger. This time, ample portions, though the pasta ordered by two of us had been plated first and by the time other entrees were ready, both had cooled. The meat sauce too was only tepid. Could have sent it back, but we were already giving difficulties when one of our party arrived a half-hour late and had to be caught up. Our server was engaging, knowledgeable and attentive (Thanks, Alex!) The piano musician was a nice surprise.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Evening
    ScottandBeeBee
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We visited Nonna's Cucina Ristorante on Saturday May 17th. The food was amazing. We enjoyed the sax player and overall ambiance. The Eggplant Parmesan second to none. Also the veal cutlet was cooked to perfection. The calamari was delicious. Our server was excellent. Overall it was a wonderful dining experience and we will return soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Night Out
    pios
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Great food, nice ambiance, good entertainment ...enjoyed it. All in all a good experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Would Make a Nonna Proud
    luvunonna
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    This was my first visit to a restaurant which I understand has been in existence for 4 years. The food was outstanding and coming from an italian background and having my 87 year old mother and grandmother with me ( Nonna) she thought the food was amazing as well.Thus the title of my review !!! Also my mother was astonished to read Mrs Ticcarelli's obituary on the wall and knew her very very well. It made her eyes light up and proud to know she used to be friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nightonthetown
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Food was fantastic and the owner was friendly and hospitable. The entertainment was fantastic (We're the Band) so we stayed later to listen to them rather than leaving right after our dinner. Will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great night out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    My wife and I have been to Nonna's on at least 3 occasions now and have enjoyed a fantastic meal each time. The food is great and the service has always been above par.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The service was good
    simpleisalwaysbetterVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    We've been many times but I had never ordered the Lasagna di Casa. It arrived barely warm, the waiter apologized and returned it to the kitchen. When he returned it was slightly warmer but not hot. I ate it regardless. Paid the bill, tipped the waiter, and as we were waiting for our change we heard someone at the next table saying he "was in charge". When he was free, my wife explained what happened and rather than apologizing he instead explained that "although the lasagnas are made fresh they are kept in the fridge and because they are so thick it's difficult to warm them thoroughly, particularly when we are busy like tonight, it happens sometimes. The cook probably forgot to test it with a thermometer." The restaurant was half full.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food but music too loud
    AnnetteVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    The food is really good homemade Italian food. It's a lovely restaurant with friendly staff. The live music is also really good but the volume is so loud you can't have a conversation with your dinner companions. Great place to go if you don't want to talk to your date.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food & Great Service!
    amyl
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    When we arrived at the restaurant, we were originally seated in the middle of the dining area. However, our request to move to a different table was met with a cheerful accommodation. Our waiter was extremely affable and helpful with any of our questions and/or requests (including minor changes to entrees and gluten-free pasta). When our food arrived, everything was very tasty and the portions were more than substantial! We didn't have much room for dessert, but splurged on the creme caramel (also very good!). Throughout the evening, live music provided by the gentleman playing piano and singing added a nice ambiance to the restaurant as opposed to "piped in" music. Nonna's Cucina is a lovely neighbourhood restaurant :)
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food but quite noisy
    Oscar
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We enjoyed the food and the staff were all very friendly, efficient and professional. We did not enjoy sitting just a few feet from the people at the next table. We could barely hear each other talking. There were large tables set up for groups coming in later and as the noise level was already very high, we would not have wanted to be there later in the evening. The musicians who came out at 7pm were excellent and we did enjoy the music.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great night out
    margdaleVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    The restaurant was filled with locals who know Italian food. The service was attentive and our plates arrived on time and perfectly prepared. The pappardelle with meat sauce was divine . Our fried mozzarella as an appetizer was excellent. The wine list is the best in town. We usually don't have desert but we shared something ( can't remember the name ) made from egg whites , wow ! The owners welcomed us and made us feel at home. A great night out !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Since I moved from Toronto
    PoolGirl
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    Since I moved from Toronto a few years ago, I have been on the lookout for the perfect pasta and clams and have been disappointed over and over. I am also allergic to Garlic and so trying to find somewhere that not only makes fresh sauce, but one that will accomodate is hard to find. This was the perfect pasta and clams and more than accomodating. Thank you - I will definately be returning over and over again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was our first time at
    grak67
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    This was our first time at Nonna's and we quite enjoyed our experience. All the staff are very friendly and knowledgeable , the food was prepared as it should be, pasta al dente, scallops PERFEECT, and I must mention the red sauce can hardly remember a time a red sauce has not given me heartburn well not Nonna's can it be made there fresh?? Don't know but it is the best! Lastly, how nice to be met by the owner to welcome you to his restaurant and then to make the effort to see you at the door on the way out!!! We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No no to Nona's in Burlington
    Reba
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Our party of 5 would not recommend this restaurant after having dinner on March 27th 2014. For us it was after the 3rd time the waiter returned to say the restaurant was out of a particular item. In order it was the house Cabernet Sauvignon, garlic mashed potatoes which was part of the evenings special and Spamoni ice cream. We felt it was quite comical. No apologies. It would have been appropriate at this point to offer a free appetizer or discount, something. We laughed about it but we also said we wouldn't be back. On a good note the atmosphere is wonderful, the service timely and it smells amazing when you walk in the door.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 2nd time not as good.
    DJF1
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Our first experience at Nona's was outstanding. The food was delicious, the service fantastic especially with a 4 year old in tow. In a nutshell either something changed in the Chef/ cooking staff or our first experience was not the norm. The service was still outstanding and the GM really did step up and tried his best for sure, so no concerns on the service ascpect. So this time: Carpaccio: Served completely frozen! Carbonara: Swimming in runny cream, tasted decent. Vongole: Ok but not like the first time Tiramisu: Middle was frozen Lava Cake: Middle was cold not warm as it should be If it was my first experience I would never be back. Hope it was just a fluke.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spectacular Italian
    Foodie
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    I would highly recommend this restaurant if you love authentic Italian. Perfection.!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always enjoy this restaurant,
    anniebella
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    Always enjoy this restaurant, although I'm not there often. Love the chicken picatta (sp?) and love the Tira Misu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little piece of Europe
    Two4Dinner
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    The owners Jose and Elena treat every guest like family. You are made to feel welcome and at home. They follow the European way where the Owner/chef circulates through the dining room to make sure all of their guests are satisfied and at the same time gets to know you. We love this spot and make this a part of all of our special occasions and date nights. The cuisine is terrific. Jose is very particular. There is always live entertainment on weekends and it adds so much to the overall dining experience. You never feel rushed and it is a great evening out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Valentine's dinner!
    GRNiiz
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Wonderful meal and service!! Staff did amazing considering it was non-stop patrons for Valentine's Day. We enjoyed Bruschetta, Caprese Salad, Cauliflour soup, Steak & Cake and Shrimp/Scampi pasta We were too full for dessert. Reservations were for 8:30pm and they seated us right away. We enjoyed the piano and vocalist while we dined.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicous Food and Great Atmosphere!
    Elyse
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food was delicious, and they have very generous portions. A little bit pricey, but definitely worth it for a special occasion. Great staff and great atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My husband and I went for
    madpotter
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    My husband and I went for Valentine's Day a day early...the restaurant was quiet, the ambience was warm and welcoming and the food was very well prepared and timed perfectly. We have eaten here before when it was busy and have enjoyed it, but found that on this occasion the food was prepared with more attention to detail and was even more delicious than normally. Great place for a romantic evening on an "off" night!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always enjoy this restaurant.
    Busybabe
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Always enjoy this restaurant. Friendly and the laid back musician is great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding Sauce
    Tank2kVIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    ITs all about the sauce, the meal was very good, service was fantastic and we really enjoyed the live music. We'll definitely be back!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Can't beat the ambiance
    Two4Dinner
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Where can you go to have a great dinner, romantic atmosphere and live entertainment. Not too many places offer all of these. Nonna's does. It is one of my favourite restaurants because you can easily make an evening out of dinner. The entertainment is always great. Hosts Jose and Elena make you feel like family. They take the European approach where the owner/chef meets and greets guests to ensure a memorable dining experience. Have and will continue to recommend Nonna's to anyone looking for a gem of place. It is usually the start of our Saturday date nights
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unfortunately our food took
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Unfortunately our food took a very long time to arrive. They were out of lamb so my husband was offered fillet mignon as a substitute but was not asked how he wanted it cooked. My vegetable were cold and the penne that came with my meal looked and tasted like bagged pasta with ragu for sauce. I expected far better for our $122 bill. it was new years eve so I understand they were busy but the food and service were below par.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Staff. Great Ambiance.
    Zalcora
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    The ambiance in this place is one of the best I've experienced. The live music was wonderful, not too intrusive, and he played very well. He also took requests, which made it a very romantic evening with my partner. The staff was very attentive, and the place was very busy. We did not wait long to be seated, and our drinks were served promptly. There was a large Christmas party celebrating, so there was about 20 diners all ordering at once. The manager was kind enough to come over to the table and let us know that there would be a little wait for our entrees. The food itself was tasteful, though not amazing; the service was the highlight of the evening. Overall it was a wonderful experience and I would recommend this place to my friends.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre
    MBAers
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    We had our pre Christmas dinner here with a party of eight. The food was OK, not great and rather expensive for example $23 for plain gnocchi .... the service felt rushed and not very friendly. Sorry just being honest here... the automatic tip added to the bill of 18% and then keeping the line on the slip for gratuities seems inappropriate. Anyway, a mediocre experience.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic