Pitrelli's Restaurant
Pitrelli's Restaurant

Pitrelli's Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.pitrellis.com/index.html
  • Phone: 5137700122x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Chef Linda Pitrelli
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Behind Restaurant
A word from Pitrelli's Restaurant
Voted by Polly Campbell as THE BEST ITALIAN NEIGHBORHOOD RESTAURANT in Northern Ky. and Cincinnati, Ohio.Tired of chain restaurants, don't like being treated like a number, well come in and enjoy our relaxed and casual atmosphere. From the moment you walk through our front door you will feel as if you have just walked into our home. Our regulars refer to Pitrelli's as the ITALIAN CHEERS. Come in and find out for yourselves why so many have made Pitrelli's their new favorite Italian neighborhood restaurant in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Pitrelli's Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
59 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (47)special occasion (24)romantic (22)good for groups (20)notable wine list (17)fit for foodies (11)kid-friendly (10)great for outdoor dining (10)vibrant bar scene (4)great for lunch (2)late-night find (2)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Excellent
    Crafter
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had a wonderful time from start to finish. Friendly hostess, attentive waiter, great food, and Jack the violinist! Can't wait to come back. P. S. Gluten free noodles the best I have had hands down!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very nice time
    busymomeatsout
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We have dined here before and it was just as delicious! The server was friendly and helpful about the menu. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not good for a group
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Our group consisted of 12 people and the service was extremely slow on drinks specifically. The food was delivered relatively timely. We did not get sufficient attention for our automatic gratuity.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not a Good Experience
    JM2003
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We have dined here numerous times with the food always being great while the service is usually not so great. We look past the poor service because we love the food. However out latest experience was bad all around. Ordering drinks the server couldn't answer if you carried a certain beer she had to ask. When she came back with a no and a suggestion, it was way off on what to order instead. I ordered angel hair pasta with 2 sauces. The food came out on 2 seperate plates. The server said it was cheaper to have it come out that way so she keyed it in the computer to make it better. I'm not so much. Great now I look like a pig at dinner with 2 plates of pasta. To top this off my food was cold. Very disappointing.
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  • Ryan
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My family's Pitrelli's experience could not have been better. The staff was very nice and very knowledgable about both the menu. It is a great place to celebrate a nice anniversary dinner for 2, a birthday dinner for 8 (like we did), or just a normal night out with friends. We will definately be going back!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What a great night!
    busymomeatsout
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We dined here for the first time and what a pleasent evening it was. From the time we walked in we were greeted with a friendly smile from our young hostess. When the server came over to our table she was personable and professional. She gave us really good recommendations on menu choices as well as wine. I had the Porcini mushroom ravioli that was outstanding and my date had the Chicken florentine...YUM!! We saw pizzas that looked amazing so we will certinly be coming back here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • small portions
    SweeetJohnny
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    For the cost of dinner we found the portions were small. Nice place but just overpriced.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful dining experience
    mason
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Pitrelli's has wonderful food! The lasagna is excellent! However, they have other just as delicious items to choose from. The Pitrelli's and there staff are friendly and give you a warm and welcoming feeling through out the evening. If you are lucky to be there on the night the violinist is there you are in fro a treat.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cinci's Italian Village
    SteakExpertVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This place reminds me of Chicago's Italian Village. We loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great authentic Italian
    amschoeVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This is a really good family owned place. You can tell they make the pasta in house - it's so light and fresh. We had the Veal Tortellaci and the Chianti-braised short rib ravioli and both were excellent. Good options that didn't have tomato-based sauce but weren't full of cream. The couple behind us ordered pizza and we heard them remark that it was amazing so next time we'll try that. Also excellent desserts made in house. We had cannoli and the strawberry cheesecake and they were wonderful. Their bread and salad were much better this time than a few months ago when we went the first time so nice improvement. Coffee is terrific too. I would like to see more good appetizer options. A nice cheese board would be welcome. Overall, love it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Girl's Dinner
    Tastetester8
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    A group of eight girl friends met at Pitrelli's for dinner. Atmosphere & service were superb. Everyone seemed to enjoy their dinner with the exception of myself & another woman who ordered the same thing, Chicken Parmesan. Presentation, pasta & sauce were good. The chicken was thick and dry. Traditionally, the chicken is thin, pounded cutlets. It was hard to chew and swallow. The vanilla, bean cheesecake was not satisfactory at all. It was flavorless and spongy, actually, it tasted old. After taking two bites I passed it around the table. Everyone else agreed that it was not edible. There was still half left and I was disappointed since the server stressed that all the desserts were made in-house. Sara Lee would have been better.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food! Friendly to All !
    Foodlover2
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Great Italian food with very friendly service. Also very cost effective for food and wine.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • so so
    firmbutfair
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I had heard good things about this place and we were disappointed. My pizza crust was undercooked, my husbands food was over cooked. It was very disconcerting when a violin player sat down at our table (while we were having a conversation) and kept asking if we had a request, we didn't, we wanted to get back to our mediocre meal and get out of there. He didn't get the hint, finally to get rid of him another person in our party looked at his song list and did a request. We won't be back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Pizza
    DossVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Great crispy crust and wide choice of great toppings
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Favorite Place for dinner
    cweber0147
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Went to Pitrelli's to celebrate wife's birthday. Great food and service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our Go To Celebration Spot
    Nelson
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Special occasions in my family are usually celebrated at Pitrelli's. It's close to home, has a great neighborhood feel, is locally owned and the pride of ownership shows. Jack's roaming violin is always a welcome part of the delicious meal.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Our server was outstanding, the food and wine were delicious alot of homemade items, save room for great desserts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service issues
    cwat1260
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The food was good as always. But the service was lacking. We had reservations and were seated promptly. We waited 25 minutes before the waiter visited our table to take drink or food orders. He passed our table at least six times without even acknowledging us or to let us know he would be with us soon. There were two other waiters/waitresses at tables across from and next to ours. Usually other waiters seeing you put the menu down will offer to bring you drinks if your waiter is busy. No such luck here. After 20 minutes my 9 year old was asking to go because she was thirsty and hungry. Once our meal was ordered another server brought it to us. Our server did check on us once after, but never offered drink refills!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pitrelli's is great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    The service was great. Our waitress was friendly and attentive without being intrusive. She offered great suggestions on drink and food choices. I thought the prices were a little high for what we got.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • pleasantly surprised
    Legeza
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I happened to pull up OpenTable up on the Internet while searching for a new place to try. I made a reservation thru OpenTable fotr Pitrelli's. We were able to find Stag's Leap wine which is a favorite. The waitress was exceptional and helped us with all of our questions about the menu. When our Italian dinners and appetizers served, we were both surprised how well the flavors were layered and the food profiles constructed. It is obvious that the head chef is very talented and use the freshest ingredients. My linguini with clam sauce was outstanding and the clams were very fresh and tender. All in all a great find and I would highly recommend and thank you OpenTable for helping us discover this local treasure! X
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Italian Find
    BJOCPO
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Our high expectations were exceeded. Everything is freshly made and the sauces, in particular, are wonderful. The wine list was good and the choice and price of the house wines was surprisingly good. Prices are very reasonable too.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Entrée Good, Dessert Fantastic!!
    MVogeVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We went on a very busy Saturday night during prom season and the night before Mother's Day. The food and service was good despite having a full house. I had the Lasagna and my husband had the Chicken Parmesan. Not exceptional, but good and we would both get it again. On the other hand, the Oreo Cheesecake was fantastic!!! It was a special dessert for the night. We were told that all desserts are made from scratch in house. We will go back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • local favorite, not kid friendly
    ChrisVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    now that we've been to Pitrelli's a number of times, i continue to love their authentic dishes. my one critique is the fact I need to buy an entire entree for my kids. on my previous visit, i was charged $14 for a small chicken breast for my six year old, with nothing else provided. this time, when i asked about a kid's portion, i was charged the full $17.50 for chicken parmesan, the chicken breast was half the size of mine (same dish), and the pasta was brought out in a container (smaller than regular dinner portion) with no sauce. so i was charged the exact same amount and received exactly half as much. it doesn't seem like it should be that much of a struggle, unless Pitrelli's is discouraging families with young kids.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Walking into a restaurant where the owner greets you with a smile and a joke makes your dining experience wonderful! The food is good, not the best Italian food in the world but still very good. What makes this place is the outstanding service and the attention the owner gives to you and your dining expereince.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food and good value
    SupperVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    First time there, enjoyed the meal. Friendly service, but not very attentive. The sauce sampler was a nice idea as an appetizer but $5 is a lot for 3 spoonfuls of sauce...why doesn't this just come with the bread? Still, food was delicious and we would definitely come again.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good!
    Heat7918
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Everyone was very friendly and the food was really good. As this was our first time there, we got the sauce sampler to start - bolognese was delicious! Prices are reasonable, portions are good (not small & not huge). My husband loved his calzone (homemade crust looked amazing) and I really liked the truffle ravioli. One of our friends got the Italian wedding soup which was wonderful - everyone in our party enjoyed the food and atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 33 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 329 reviews are from the Pitrelli's Restaurant reviews archive.
  • nice place
    cwat1260
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    This was our first visit and we were very impressed with the food and the ambience of the restaurant. Having Jack do a table by table serenade on the violin was a wonderful bonus that completed the evening.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • served 12 including kids
    villager
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Food was great....recommend clam sauce. Kids ate half portions of pasta and delicious pasta
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • noname1VIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Nice, reliable gem in downtown Mason. Good food, well prepared and decent sized servings - many items available as a half-serving. A variety of pastas offered, as well as quite an array of sauces.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pugsly
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    We were celebrating birthdays that night and had a great time. The brownie dessert is wonderful !
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unbelievable.. Not in a good way.
    Italianfoodie
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    After our first visit to this adorable and elegant restaurant, we thought we'd give it another try. Unfortunately our second go around was horrifying. The service was atrocious and the food tasted like it was cooked days prior and was just warming on the stove. We mentioned that we were there for a slow paced, romantic dinner, which in his eyes must have meant 'I don't have to do anything extraordinary for these folks'. I bet there was a total of 5 times he visited our table over a 2 hour span of time. Such a wonderfully planned evening was ruined and we will not plan to visit again.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • As always a great exprerience!
    ltlrosie
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We made reservations for 6, and two friends showed up unexpectedly - they never batted an eye! The place was very busy (Saturday night at peak), and the host graciously smiled and told me "we'll make it work..." Within 5 minutes we were being seated at a great table. The rest of the evening went very well - food, service, entertainment (Jack the violin player!) - it was all wonderful. Finally tried the pizza after going there for years - now we're hooked!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mix up with OpenTable reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Mix up with OpenTable reservation and restaurant as they reserved our table in the bar-area. Resaurant said it was noted that we requested table in the bar, which was not the case. No other tables were available. Location didn't ruin the evening as food was outstanding; however, it would have been nice to have a dining room table.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A birthday tradition
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We're from Louisville Kentucky but were in Mason, OH because we were staying at the Great Wolfe Lodge to celebrate my daughter's best friend's 10th birthday. We chose Pitrelli's because we searched for local Italian restaurants and it came up on that search. We loved the environment and ambiance immediately. The menu and wine choices were excellent as well. However the icing on the cake, was that Jack, the violinist, played happy birthday to her and then played another 5 Disney tunes and others that she would recognize. We have now returned every year and that is our girls get away tradition. Wonderful memories!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Food, Great Time!
    JWells
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    This was our second time at Pitrelli's in Mason. Their bartender makes the most amazing Vodka Gimlet. Sounds simple...but he takes it to a whole new level!! Restaurant & staff make you feel a part of the Family. Welcoming, gracious, prompt, attentive & FUN are just a few words that come to mind in explaining our dining experience. Ahhh, then the food & wine. Calamari appetizer is prepared perfectly with a light yet crispy panko exterior, deliciously tender & fresh texture. Antipasto plate is abundant and enough for several people. Veal & Prosciutto Tortellini in brown butter & sage wine sauce was delicate & light. Chicken parmesan was plentiful & prepared perfectly. Wine selections are well thought out for food offered on menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    One of the best dining experiences we have had in years. Will be back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This was my second visit to
    jeff
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    This was my second visit to Petrelli's. On both occassions I found the food to be very good and well worth the cost. On this visit we enjoyed the daily special and it was very good. The service was wonderful and I would reccommend this restaurant to everyone.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Neighborhod Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Been there several times. Have always had reservations and been seated promptly. Menu is varied, service is prompt, prices are reasonable, and food is very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, just a bit slow.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Great food, just a bit slow. Although we had reservations, we still waited half an hour for our table. Nice touch with violinist.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had a reservation at 7,
    Steve
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We had a reservation at 7, and seated when we arrived, which was the highlight of the evening Our table for two was next to the kitchen and a busy hallway, so we had concerns of people bumping into us After being seated it took ten minutes for our waiter to come to the table, because he was busing tables in his area We ordered wine, which he had to come back to ask what we wanted. The service went down hill from there To be fair, my wife ordered chicken simplacto which was outstanding I ordered lasagna, which was cold. After bringing it the waiter's attention, he re-heated it and brought it back. It was not as good as Stouffer's. The best part of the evening was the 93 year old violinist. He is worth the trip but don't expect a great meal
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate