Osteria Dei Ganzi
Osteria Dei Ganzi

Osteria Dei Ganzi

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ganzi.ca/
  • Phone: 6473486520x
  • Hours of Operation:
    *AS OF JUNE 20TH, OUR PATIO WILL OPEN AT 3PM.

    We are open for Dinner Tuesday - Sunday from 5pm - 11pm.
    Sunday Brunch is - 11am - 3pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Tapas / Small Plates, Pizzeria
  • Executive Chef: Guerrino Staropoli
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: between Wellesley and Bloor
  • Public Transit: Wellesley Subway stop or Bloor subway.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is street parking on Jarvis after 6:30pm. Also there is parking across the street from us. We also have limited private parking back of our restaurant. You can park on Cawthra Square, before 6:00pm, after you must move your car or you will get a ticket.
A word from Osteria Dei Ganzi
Set in a 120 year old historical mansion, Ganzi offers casual italian dinning experience, with focus on quality food, exceptional service and affordability.

Our menu features classic dishes made according to the traditional recipes, with local farmed products and DOP certified ingredients imported straight from Italy. In true Osteria fashion, our wine menu is equally authentic and robust; featuring privately imported regional Italian wines which we are proud to offer by the glass. 
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Osteria Dei Ganzi reviews from OpenTable diners
48 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating3.5
  • Food3.5
    Service3.5
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
56% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (34)neighborhood gem (22)good for groups (20)great for lunch (18)romantic (14)special occasion (14)great for brunch (10)fit for foodies (6)kid-friendly (5)scenic view (4)hot spot (3)late-night find (2)vibrant bar scene (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • LisakoVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Overall the restaurant was good. I think it has the potential to be muh better as the decor is amazing inside an old Victorian house. My main complaint was that the restaurant was pretty empty at 7 on a Friday. The menu was good but the food was a bit bland.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Our visit started with a very friendly greeting and an offer to sit and have a drink while waiting for all of our party to arrive. Service was fast and friendly. Sangria was excellent. Sitting on the patio the weather was becoming cool and our waiter let us know there was one table left if we wanted to go inside. Great energy and excellent service continued inside. Our waiter was attentive. The food was great - especially the deep fried olives! Wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Historic building
    SolutionsGroupVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Ganzi is set in a gorgeous historic building. It was quiet when we arrive but we came in at 6pm on a long weekend. Service was good and the waitstaff was friendly. Food was good though not stellar. My polpette had a burnt meatball that could have been checked before served to me considering there were only two other tables being served when we were there. The fig and prosciutto pizza was ample.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Frustratingly bad service
    LusciousLiving
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    There was no one to greet or seat us (ignored by servers on the patio) so I went inside to request to be seated, which clearly irritated the bartender. It took 20 minutes for a server to take our drink order; 30 minutes later I was finally told that it was unavailable. After waiting another 20 minutes for my second wine choice, I was told that it too was sold out. She didn't apologize for the inconvenience but assured me that all other wines were available. When we finally got food it was decent, but it took a good 90 minutes to receive a charcuterie board. Wait periods were atrocious, the only time we had quick service was when we requested the bill, which was delivered right away, including a charge for the wine they didn't have in stock!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaruant was closed!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We went for our reservation, and we're told the kitchen was closed, and that we would not be served any food. Hence for us to leave and comeback in two hours!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service made it great
    bert
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The food was good and the atmosphere was very nice although the service from their Italian waiter and is knowledge of the menu is what made it a great experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great patio for lunch
    Indoboy
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Loved the summerlicious food. Service was a bit slow, but we were looking for a lazy lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Worst service I have ever had
    DeeL
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We came for Summerlicious on Friday July 18. We had the worst waitress. We had to request everything 2-3 times. We asked for water twice. We asked for bread twice and then gave up and asked someone else. She took our order then came back because she forgot what half of us ordered. When our appetizer course came out, one person's meal was missing. Then the same thing happened during the entree course. Both instances only salads were ordered. By then we were totally fed up. It took 30 minutes just to get our bill divided properly. Our entire meal took 3 hours! Oh and my steak was overcooked but I didn't send it back because it would have taken too long to flag down the waitress. The only positive is that the patio was very beautiful.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sit Inside!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The patio is a great place for the summer experience, but my friends have chosen to sit inside in the midst of summer. I highly recommend inside the house - it is very pretty and have some private rooms, and decorated. If you sit outside, you won't get to enjoy the beauties of this house so go sit inside, and look at the classy architecture!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Spot
    UptownerDiningDowntown
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I like that tho close to the village Ganzi is still intimate, quiet and even sexy. I enjoyed the service and my bartender Joa (Portugese) was really good. He recommended great drinks and they were amazing.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, subpar service
    sophia2551
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The food at this place is great. I especially liked the tiramisu and marguerita pizza. However the service we received was subpar. We visited Osteria Dei Ganzi at 5 pm on a weekday night, and it was not busy. Despite this, it took me 25 minutes to get my diet coke order (yes i looked at the watch), and additional 15 minutes to get pepper for the pizza. By the time the pepper grinder was brought in, I already finished the main course..... At the end of our evening, the food server refused to take a picture of our group, saying she will send someone else and walking away (needless to say, "someone else" never came). This of course left a very poor impression of customer service in this restaurant. I would not visit this restaurant again.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food - gorgeous house
    yummy
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We recently went to Osteria Dei Ganzi for a Summerlicous dinner. The menu choices were great - both vegetarian and meat loving choices. Although the service was a little slow near the end of our dinner as the restaurant got very busy, we really didn't mind as it gave us a chance to tour the mansion inside as well as enjoy the relaxing experience outside. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner on the patio
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    The restaurant was not packed but busy Other tables had the oil & balsamic where my did not Other tables were served bread where my table did not Asked more than once for napkins Asked more than once for water Waited 30 minutes to get dessert The tiramisu was served frozen Barely saw our server Food was very good and decent size portions
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Googledinner
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    The service was absolutely terrible. Was done meal before the pepper we requested was brought. Also had to send back dirty cutlery twice.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice place
    pxzhenren
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    I like the outside view of the entire building. A little bit different inside from what I imagined it would be. Overall a good experience. Just hope the waitress can truly smile a bit more.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's ok.
    CorinaVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    It's fine but not spectacular. The service was top-notch and so friendly. Our pizzas were bland but the crust was good. The noise level inside was too high to hear across the table.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • great patio, good food
    onesguy
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We arrived on a busy night, had a reservation for a party of 6 that truned into a party of 8, that we were late for, and they were more than willing to accomodate us. We all appreciated their ability to help us out. All of our food was adequate, and some a tad better than that. none of the food was absolutely outstanding, but we all were satisfied, and at a relatively inexpensive price. The entire staff was friendly. It is not elegant dining, but casual, I would definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great patio, poor food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    It was the old Honey Bee site, there is free parking at the back but not mentioned on their website. The patio is spacious and comfortable, great for the summer. Service was good too. Food, however was disappointing. The calamari fritti was frozen pre-breaded kind that you get from a diner/fish & chip joint, with a plain bulk mayo, the crostini was 2 slices of baguet with a strip of procuitto & 1 wedge of fig - cost $7.95. Chicken liver pate was OK and pizza was not as good as the previous establishment. Wine was not cheap for the quality. A great place to sit in the patio over beer and common food, but not for foodies.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful food, great service
    RhiannAToronto
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    I took friends from an international meeting (Swiss, NZers, Japanese and German). We had a wonderful time. Love the food. The Italian chef (da Roma) came out to say hello and recommend his fresh ravioli which three of us tried and it was perfect. Service was very good. Lovely view from the patio of a normally quiet, tree lined street. World Pride meant that it gradually became quite noisy and, when I asked if we could move inside for dessert they were very happy to accommodate us. Excellent!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 29 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food3.6
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 36 reviews are from the Osteria Dei Ganzi reviews archive.
  • I wanted to like it but...
    missMcKesVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    The restaurant has potential but our visit was lacking. We arrived fairly early (530) so it was empty. No one greeted us when we entered and it took a while for the sole waiter (who was amazingly friendly and nice) to come by with menus and water. We ordered the fried calamari. Portion size was adequate but there was nothing special about it. The sauces were stage. My husband had the flattened chicken as his main. It was good and he enjoyed it. I had lamb chops app (only 2 chops) and mixed greens salad. I enjoyed both. There is a big patio, which will be nice In better weather. The decor is trendy, esp the bar area. I think if we had a later reso it would have been better but we were there early for a paint nite event
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time with friends
    PandJ2014
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We had a great time, great food and great ambiance. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lucky to be neighbours with Ganzi!
    Neighbour
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    I bring my friends to Ganzi all the time - it's a beautiful restaurant with great food and service. It's nice that it's right down the street from my apartment.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Food, great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    It's a more casual and noisy place that what we thought, but food and service are great. Notable is the fact that waiters and bar tenders know their drinks and wine, and not just pretend like in some other Italian places... Can't wait to experience the outdoor dining, seems like a fun place to be in summer (if it ever comes this year)
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Might try it again in the summer
    Jays
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Fried olives starter was way too salty - and olives were clearly out of a store jar. Specials were not available and told about it almost 15 minutes after ordering. Desserts were sub par. Cocktails were excellent and looks like they have a great patio, so would give it another chance in the summer.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Real Gem
    LoCal
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We enjoyed an excellent dinner here and received terrific service. In an old mansion, the surroundings are opulent, yet relaxed and comfortable. Love the marble table tops too. I look forward to returning with family and friends - often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food is sub-par. My fish
    Goodfoodfan
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    The food is sub-par. My fish was over-cooked and my vegetables under-cooked. The server appeared rushed; he rattled off the specials at such a fast pace I had to ask him to repeat himself. He also steered us to a more expensive wine than we had initially ordered. The very open dining rooms mean that it is impossible to escape the noise of a rowdy crowd alongside you. I would not recommend this restaurant to my friends and have no intention to revisit it.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazed!
    Kelly
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    This restaurant was amazing. We were impressed with the service, the friendliness of the staff, the food and how accommodating everyone was and helpful because we were running a little late for a ballet. It was just a great experience. It was quite noisy when we were there and trying to get into the seats was very difficult as the restaurant was very crowded (table wise and people wise) but overall it was a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant evening
    fuzzy87
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The nice scenery made us feel special, and the service was excellent. Well cooked food, and no complaints I can think of. Will come back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine's day dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This restaurant has a great ambience. It is a mansion converted to a restaurant with great artwork and character. The service was a bit slow but it is understandable as it was Valentine's day dinner and the place was packed. That night they had a pre-fixe menu but we opted to eat from there regular menu and what a disappointment that was. I had confirmed before we went if we had to have the prix fixe menu that night and I confirmed that we had the choice. If they can't handle the regular menu on such a busy night, they shouldn't offer it Though the staff is friendly, the food was a big disappointment. My food tasted funny and my wife's food was very bland. Neither of us ate our food even though we were starving.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely place but food not memorable
    BigmakVIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Lovely setting with the friendliest service I have seen in a long time.the chef visited and greeted all tables with a smile. Sadly the food was only mediocre, not bad, but not on par with similar restaurants at the same price level.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious food and service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    Had dinner here with a couple of friends and was pleasantly surprised by this fairly new addition to the neighbourhood. We had an early dinner, so it wasn't too busy, and the service was fantastic. Not once did I have to ask for my water to be refilled, and our server was so knowledgeable about the food, right down to the history behind one of the cheeses they were using in the sauce! The dishes we had (all pastas) were rich and bursting with flavour, exactly what I want in my Italian food. Loved the tiramisu in the mason jar - perfectly done, with a casual flair. Loved that the chef came out to check on us too. I'd been to this converted Victorian mansion previously, and they have continued to preserve the gorgeousness of the interior.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was a little pricey for
    spicycurry
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    It was a little pricey for what it was, and cold on a January day. However, I will say the ambience was cozy and cute, and I bet it's even better in the summer when the patio's open.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Toronto Gem!
    MissGreenEyes
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    From the warm welcome you receive upon arrival, to the amazing decor, fantastic service and fabulous food, this place has it all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average food but great service
    cutemonster
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    My boyfriend and I went to this restaurant on New Years for their set menu. The food is pretty average, not great by all means. Maybe it's just their set menu, but the food taste the same as any other Italian restaurant you would find in Toronto. For Toronto, this kind of offering just can't compete. However service was great and ambiance was excellent. The restaurant seems to be remodeled from an old mansion.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a Gem
    Uday
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    We picked Osteria for a joint anniversary with good friends. And we were utterly satisfied with the overall experience. The wait staff were prompt and extremely knowledgeable not to mention friendly. The menu was not pretensions which made for easy picking of choices for the group. Defiantly several re-visits are order for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall ok but expensive
    everestgirl
    Dined on 11/3/2013
    They ran out of fillet steak and served another cut instead. My guest found it was over charred and bitter crust on outside. They prepared another but by then the rest of our group had finished. Their apps were pricey for what you got. $28 for small pieces of hard cheese and few slices of procuitto and another cold cut. Their caprese was unexciting. Small piece of mozzerello with tomato cut on the diagonal with a sprinkle of balsamic was unexciting and tasteless. The pizza was ok. Our dinners with coffees and drinks came to $65 pp. Expensive for the quality of food you get. Service was excellent though. Very attentive. If only kitchen could be the same.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • considering they just opened,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    considering they just opened, their service and food were great. I'm looking forward to next summer when I can enjoy the large patio
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service with good food
    TheMuffinTopVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2013
    Ganzi is always my preference whether its for business lunch or dinner with good friends. Great service and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bland food, service was okay
    JennVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2013
    The food was, just lacking. It was a huge cavernous space with basically no other patrons. The carpaccio was missing lemon or balsamic, it definitely needed acid. My main was a chicken that had sauce on it. The flavour was okay, but the texture was slimy.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A new favourite !
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    From the moment you're greeted in the foyer of this beautiful mansion, the service is excellent . Attentive but never intrusive. The rooms have the original features, panelling , carved ceilings. The food is authentic Italian food with the chef coming from Rome. The menu is just large enough with something for everyone. The appetizers are generous. ( try the eggplant parmesan ) . Excellent wine list . During your meal your server makes sure you are satisfied . The chef often makes rounds visiting the guests. When you leave you are given a farewell ( often the host will open the door for you) . Did I mention that they have a private parking lot !
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.