Nundini Chef's Table
Nundini Chef's Table

Nundini Chef's Table

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.nundini.com/
  • Phone: 7138616331x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:

    Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm


    dinner:
    Monday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Giampaolo Nundini
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Delivery, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We do provide

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 6th
  • Public Transit: Bus stop on the corner of North Shepherd and 6th.
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Nundini Chef's Table
The Nundini Chef's Table is Houston's destination for authentic Italian food and products. Nestled in an unassuming warehouse in the Heights, the Chef's Table transports you to the streets of Italy. Get true Italian food in our full-service restaurant, featuring dishes from many regions in Italy. Or take a stroll through our shop, and purchase the very products used to make your delicious meal. Offering a vast selection of wine from every region in Italy, the choice is yours as to what part of Italy you wish to visit today. Indulge in the rich flavors of our Homemade Gelato and Sorbetto. Come to the Chef's Table, where every day is like a trip to Italy with all your friends and family.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Nundini Chef's Table reviews from OpenTable diners
40 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.2
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (23)notable wine list (22)fit for foodies (16)romantic (10)good for groups (8)great for lunch (8)special occasion (7)late-night find (4)great for brunch (1)hot spot (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Food was delicious!
    Vititiger
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Nice food at good prices. Caprese salad was very fresh. Carpaccio was good, maybe too much salad. Burrata with tomato cherries was outstanding. Risotto was un-tasty but the shrimps were fresh and big. Panacotta was amazing. Wine list very good, they really promote Italy.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gianni da Bologna
    Gianni
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I am originally from Bologna and when Roberto the chef told me that the lunch special of the day was "Lasagne alla Bolognese", I had to check on how good were his skills. Well, he is very good! The dish was excellent. Truly, truly excellent. It felt like being home. It was light and very tasty. It awoke my memories of a good, authentic, home-made meal. You won't find a similar match in any Houston Italian restaurant, and I know it. Well done Roberto, and congratulations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Excellent restaurant .Great for special ocassions. We ordered large portions of several pasta dishes and 3 delicious pizzas. Their wine list is large and the wine prices are very reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always See, Never Stop, until now!
    TexasHappyHourLover
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I always drive by this restaurant/market to and from work and have never stopped in. My main fear was I was not sure if it was a restaurant or warehouse... I am sure glad we went!!! The wine list is outstanding, and there are several bottles that are budget friendly, and others that are a fun splurge. The waitstaff was very friendly (Kevin), and let us have a couple tastings before buying a bottle. He even spoke with the chef when I asked about a specific order. The staff was great, the decor is very Italian inspired with large wooden racks and wine bottles covering the walls. Loved this place, and will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time disappointment
    Mrsfrz
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Despite having a reservation and the place being half empty, it took ten minutes to be greeted. We ordered a bottle of wine and bruschetta. Our waiter asked us 30 minutes later if we ordered bruschetta. It finally arrived about 15 minutes after that. My husband had ordered a pasta and main course. After another 30 minutes, he was first served the wrong main course. No explanation where the rest of the food was. When told about the wrong entree, it was taken away with no apology, and I was served his pasta course. My friend's meatballs were literally cold. My sauce on the side never came. The waiter said I should have reminded him! Nothing like blaming the customer. It was one excuse after another and continued until we left disappointed.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Blah
    Professor
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Good muscles and calamari, so so pasta, dry veal, lousy service. Good wine cellar.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, flawed service.
    Npuglin1VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This restaurant came highly recommended, we live in the neighborhood, so we decided to give it a go. It is located in a building that resembles a warehouse and it doubles as a fantastic Italian import grocery store. Great meats, cheeses, breads, and gellato! Our waiter was a trip, certainly not shy, fun but a bit over the top. There were three of us and we started with the mussels and a Picasso pizza. Entrees included mushroom pasta, Aglio E Olio, and shrimp wrapped in prosciutto. All were great, but service was rushed. We got there at 8:30, and were out by 10, not by choice! The pasta came shortly after the apps arrived and the shrimp came later. Made no sense! Waiter vanished, plates left on table. Never offered dessert or more vino! Odd!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Weeks Bargain
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We went for a restaurant week's lunch, and were impressed with the quality of food provided for the price. Excellent basil soup for an appetizer. I had a margarita pizza for my lunch. My wife enjoyed the salad starter and the chicken main entrée, both of which were good. We ended up taking home enough food for two more meals because the portions were so large. Obviously you have to save room for dessert when they have gelato this good. Overall a real bargain and pretty good food.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Surprise
    golferdude1
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I didn't know what to expect. I have driven by this place for the last 3 years. Boy was I missing a great experience. Food is very good. The service is perfect and the chef and owner are very friendly and their gellato is the best ( homemade). Wine list is terrific with very reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very nice! good food and wine!
    runnerjan
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    our first time here and really enjoyed the menu, loved the gelato!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Interesting place
    Christie
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This was our first time there - not sure what I expected, but here's a couple of observations. The place is like a market in the front, tables in the rear. Concrete floor and semi-industrial? feel - so we were overdressed. Server - Victor - was very good. Water glasses were never empty. A gentleman (owner and/or manager?) made an outstanding wine recommendation - speaking of wine, the list was all-Italian, VERY diverse, and VERY well priced. Dinner - Salads were good, fresh, good amounts of gorgonzola or parmigiana. We both ordered the filet with chianti reduction & berries - steaks were cooked perfectly, plated well, served hot. Desert - the tiramisu as ok (little heavy, but good flavor), the gelato was OK too. We'll go back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sweltering heat...
    4startaste
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This is a personal favorite of mine, however, the dining room was so hot that it ruined our group dining experience. Unfortunately, when this was mentioned to the waiter he said there was nothing he could do. I won't be going back until the outside temp is in the 70's!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Class Service
    Munchies
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The service at this quaint little spot is impeccable. This was my first visit and I was pleasantly surprised. The complimentary valet parking, assistance with wine selection, and willingness to accommodate special requests on food orders went beyond my expectations. The food was hot, tasty, and filling. I will be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pam S
    Pamela
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The food was great. Love the wait staff very helpful and friendly. Will be returning
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not for Special Celebrations
    Lovepelipeli
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    I had never been to Nundini's Chef's Table before and based on the website I thought it would be a great place to celebrate our 24th wedding anniversary. It was okay but nothing spectacular. Service was a little sportaic - server was friendly and nice (took our picture) but according to him it was his first week and it showed! I might go back and try a pizza but this would definitely not be on my special occasion spots. Wine was extremely reasonablly priced but the rest of the menu is overpriced for the atmosphere. Food was good/creative.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food Management Poor - Food V. Good
    HungaryJackVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    With four individuals in our party we ordered salads along with a main course then dessert. Three salads arrived and the fourth one arrived when over half of the salad was gone for the three members of our party. With the fourth salad not even a quarter eaten, the waiter told us our main course was ready and we told him we wanted to finish our salad. We observed him discussing with the personnel preparing the food. He returned and told us he was bringing the main course because the food preparers need room. This result in the table being overly crowded. Then three desserts were ordered and two arrived and the third arrived when the other two desserts were almost done. Food management needs improvement. All food was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great lunch
    MarlVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Pizzas and paninis were great - very fresh. Gelato was excellent. Only disappointment was we asked for Houston Restaurant Week menu (which was on the web) but they did not have the menu and did not seem to know what we were talking about.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Fav
    TheBestCriticVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Very good food and excellent Italian wine selection. I think I've tried every pasta dish on the menu and have found one I didn't like. Crepes with Salmon are fantastic, as is the Mussel appetizer. Only tried a couple of the Secondi's so I can only recommend the Gambaroni Andritica (shrimp wrapped with prosciutto) and the Scaloppine di Vitello Oscar; both are great choices. If you are an enophile, you can spend hours perusing the walls of wine; ALL Italian. Finish it all off with cup of gelato and espresso… Only complaint is the dining room (converted warehouse space) is always too warm, in fact it even gets hot when the restaurant is full; the open kitchen doesn't help matters.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No longer a favorite.
    TVFreeDining
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Before last Friday night, Nundini's was my favorite Italian restaurant in Houston. I don't know what has happened, but I can't imagine going back anytime soon.
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  • Good Italian in Houston- rare!
    SSEG
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Tasty, nice ambiance. Good Italian which is sadly rare in Houston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian gem
    JabroniTime
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Nundini Chef's Table is a Heights hidden gem. My girlfriend and I found out about this place from a friend and we decided to check it out. It's a quirky location because it doesn't resemble a restaurant on the outside. However the inside is more quaint and inviting, there is a market and deli on one side and a restaurant on the other. The owner was welcoming and prompt and were seated almost immediately. The tables were somewhat generic, but the service and food were very commendable. I had the filet special... it was very tender and savory. The only complaint about my dish was that there was not enough seasoned potatoes. *TIP* first time diners: mandatory valet parking.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unexpected gem!
    bellabouche
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    The service was prompt, professiona, and very pleasant for all aspects of the experience, from the valet parking to selection of wine. The food was absolutely delicious (mussels appetizer, beautiful risotto, lovely salad, and scrumptious panna cotta), and well priced. We WILL be returning (again and again and again).
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 66 reviews are from the Nundini Chef's Table reviews archive.
  • EXcellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Excellent authentic Italian food. We had eggplant Parmesan which was off the menu, grilled shrimp, filet medallians, sea bass on risotto- everything was excellent. Service absolutely top notch. Wine is not overpriced, excellent selection. Will be back
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tuscany in the Heights
    lgvega66
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    This great find made my evening. I loved the Amarone wine list and was glad that the staff made great suggestions. The lamb was impressive as it was over polenta and was delicious!! We enjoyed the mussels in their tomato wine sauce, and the Burrata salad---they were both superb. The big treat came with the Gelato! Outstanding. My personal favorites: Pistachio and Hazelnut. This nice restaurant is a treat in the Heights area. Don't be fooled by the exterior appearance, when you enter the restaurant, it's like walking into a Tuscan Restaurant. The staff was very friendly and the place was clean, always a big plus.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Average at best
    Nick77479
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Service average. Forgot some of our order. Wine list average. Not very friendly. Drove 30 minutes to try it-/ not worth the drive. But the gelato--/ really good!
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Gelato!
    marknbellaire
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    loved the gelato and sorbet which you can get with counter service. food was just average with average ambiance and fair service. salmon entree and fried calamaric/seafood were standouts.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Shhhh, don't tell
    Sualau
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    I hate to let the word out about this great little secret--except so many others have discovered it. I found out about Nundini's from an Italian friend, who said it is one of her favorites in Houston. Is that an endorsement or what? The food is fresh and top of the line. I could easily go here once a week. It is also a great spot to shop for cooking at home. A total win-win.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Off Night
    CheappleasuresVIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Just not a very good option. The appetizers were good but the entrees were oversalted and tough.
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  • They wait service was very
    GSara
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    They wait service was very attentive to us and had awesome recommendations on food.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic little find
    comesbyquiteoften
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Great food, great prices. Fun to see the various imported items for sale while you wait for a seat, choose your dessert, or on your way out
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • REAL Italian food.
    sandaltravel
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Great food not smothered in garlic. You can actually taste the food.Adequare portions and if you need anything to cook Italian they have it. The owner is there to make sure you have an enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Desert
    Herasue
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    I ordered the tiramisu and it was hard almost like it was old, dry and sour tasting. My husband had a bite and said the same thing.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience
    chucklm
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We celebrated Valetine's at Nundini's. It was our first time at the restaurant and upon entry my wife was given a red rose. We arrived right at our reservation time and were immediately escorted to our table. For appetizer's I had the Bruschetta and my wife had the tomato with mozerella salad. Both of which were very delicious and exceptionally fresh. We both had soup which was also good. I especially liked the fresh basil in the tomato basil soup. For our main entree my wife had the shrimp and rosotto and I had the lamb chops. Both definitely good choices from their menu and I would highly recommend them. Over all our experience was a very positive one and we are certainly planning on returning in the future.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect experience -a do again!
    MandM
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Just like in Italy - plus great service and not too crowded. The caprese salad was a fantastic. You could really tell the cheese and herbs were fresh. The pizza was extremely authentic, with real prosciutto. The lamb was perfectly cooked. The cappuccino and and gelato were just like you would get in Italy. The wine list was impressive with options from all over Italy, many of which I have not seen out side of specialized wine shops. I really liked the fact they have two prices (both of which are very reasonable)- one if you have it opened at the table, and one if you take it home. The sommelier was very knowledgeable and was able to recommend a wine after we described what we liked - and we ended up buying a bottle to take home.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Real deal Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    The antipasto of prosciutto, mortadella and salami was a great starter. The pizza, although a little bit thicker than what is usual in Italy, has a good chew, just the right amount of sauce and cheese and good topping combinations. The pastas we had (Quattro fromaggio and alla papalina) were amazing. The specials of trout and veal chop were wonderful. Gelato for dessert? House made and authentic with intense flavor. As for the wine, the menu gives the retail price and the restaurant price so that you can see that you're getting a great value. Quite an extensive list, too. Roberto who is from Italy knows the food and wine inside out and really knows how to treat customers. Price for quality is a real deal here.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dependably good food
    txchicVIP
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    Very traditional Italian food, always well prepared and good size portions.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fair service this time - Good food!
    PamelaVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    I have been to Nudini's when everything was great. This time the service was poor and the food way good, not great. You can never miss it with their pizza. That is always good. This night we just had pasta. When we have had some of their more complicated dishes, it was great. Will be back.
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  • Fresh Italian food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    Went to this restaurant on a Wednesday night. It was relatively quiet. Ordered bruschetta to start which was lovely and garlicky on crisp warm toast. Had pizza for main course which had a crisp base and the topping of peppers red onion and pepperoni was great. Ordered a side salad to go with this which was very fresh. This restaurant has an extensive Italian wine tist to choose from all we ordered a super Toscana which went very well with the pizza. This restaurant is in a warehouse with an Italian shop at front where you can buy authentic produce and of course gelato! It is not lavishly decorated or fancy but the good is great.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place
    Bigmann81
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    The manager got there the same time we did and catered to our every need like we were celebrities! Greta place and wonderful food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was great. Salads looked
    WorkLunch
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    Food was great. Salads looked amazing. Panini was good but not great. Would have been better had the Olive Spread been distributed evenly throughout the Panini. Waitress was slammed and unable to fill drinks as quickly as we would have liked but she was great otherwise. All of my coworkers were attending for the first time and commented positively. Definitely recommend this place!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.