Prides Osteria
Prides Osteria

Prides Osteria

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.pridesosteria.com/
  • Phone: 9789690083x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday-Sunday: 5:00pm-10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, CLOSED MONDAY
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Italian
  • Executive Chef: Roberta Carino
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine
  • Catering: Custom catering from 10-200, contact the restaurant to schedule a catering & event consultation.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Home Street
  • Public Transit: We are a 5 minute walk from Beverly Station, located on the MBTA Newburyport/Rockport Commuter Rail Line.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Private Parking Lot located behind the restaurant, on street parking available as well.
A word from Prides Osteria
Prides Osteria, Located in Beverly Massachusetts, features Executive Chef Roberta Carino's contemporary take on the cuisine of Italy. We feature handmade pasta, locally-sourced seafood, and grass-fed, local beef. Our wine list features both well known favorites & hidden gems from California and Italy, and our craft beer & cocktail list demonstrate our commitment to featuring local breweries and distilleries.
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Prides Osteria reviews from OpenTable diners
53 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.9
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
60% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (26)fit for foodies (26)notable wine list (16)romantic (14)special occasion (12)good for groups (5)vibrant bar scene (4)hot spot (3)great for lunch (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Disappointing
    eggsnsoldiers
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Sadly, the food was underwhelming, unseasoned, and one entree, of two, arrived cold despite our being the only customers in the restaurant. The replacement entree, when it did arrive, was tasty and hot. What was to have been a special occasion turned into a bit of a comedy of errors and nearly an audition for Kitchen Nightmares. While the staff was pleasant, and we were comped an entree in exchange for the kitchen blunders, we were left having to search twice for the server in an empty dining room. Only later did we learn that the chef responsible for the previous rave reviews had left to pursue opening another restaurant, which may have explained the lackluster food. If they're to survive, they need to amp up their game.
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  • always on point
    Adam
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    top notch Italian food, great value....very well rounded menu, good beer and wine list
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Time Diner
    NSDiner
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We were fan's of the previous restaurant Harry's 240. While we loved the food, they never seemed able to get the dining room ambiance right. We were pleasantly surprised and impressed by how the room and bar had been redone. Our server was knowledgeable and attentive. Appetizers were interesting and nicely portioned. Dinner was delicious. Our only disappointment was the small portion. The plates were big making the portion look all the smaller.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    FoodForFun
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Prides Osteria was outstanding ~ We loved the Swordfish Chop! The staff is very helpful and friendly - Lars, Michael, Rita and Ben thanks for a fun filled evening with good foods and friends!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Disappointing
    PdiddyrunsVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Overall disappointing. Decent value for the money, but the service and food was lacking. Waitress had no knowledge of wine list or menu, disappeared once food came, and we had to refill our water and wine glasses ourselves. Also had an odd exchange with the incompetent manager who didn't understand I needed change for a tip. Food was subpar. Nothing was awful, just average. If dining out in the area I'd try Soma. Better atmosphere, drinks, and menu, and there were actually people there on a Saturday night.
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  • Not quite there yet.
    kittymom22
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The attention from the owner/manager was superb. He approached us several times to find out how our food was and how our evening was progressing....delightful service! The chicken was just okay...not flavorful and a little dry. However, the vegetables and potatoes that accompanied the chicken were delicious. My dinner partner said the same thing about her salmon....it was good...not great. We will probably try again and order something that might be more flavorful.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We dined with 4 people, no one was overly thrilled, food was ok,food was pricey and considering we were not interested n returning, we did not feel it was worthy of the price.
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  • Wonderful meal !
    Terry
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We enjoyed the home made pasta - cooked to order and served hot. The desert was amazing and the wine list is quite good. The service was attentive and so helpful. We will return, and will bring friends next time !
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Try Prides Osteria ! Really!
    RoCrowVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    If you have not- you owe it to yourself to try Prides Osteria. The (seafood esp.) is always beautifully prepared: my favorite now is the bone-on swordfish, served with a tasty quinoa salad. A green salad is prepared with a light dressing, walnuts and just enough cheese. Service is charming, cuisine is consistently impeccable and the atmospheres is sophisticated but fun. Try it !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dissapointing
    Dissapointing
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We went to Prides Osteria with high hopes and were disappointed. Although the food was good it lacked taste as the apps and entees were a bit bland.....for the money it was just ok....I will not be back....
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    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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  • Disappointing
    hatebadfood
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Restaurant was very loud, the service was incredibly slow. If you go to an Italian place for home made pasta I would expect it to be better than out of the box pasta at home. Sadly this was not the case. It took 45 minutes to get a plate of pasta, but 2 minutes to get a "fresh plate" (servers words) when we sent back what was inedible the first time around. The appetizers was great and the wine list was very impressive.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    What a terrific place. The wait staff, manager and owner were extremely hospitable and really care about their patrons. The food was scrumptious and reasonably priced. We enjoyed all our courses. We like to try out different restaurants after attending the North Shore Musicaks and as my husband said this is a "do over". Parking is a challenge. They do have spaces around the corner in the back but it is on a lower level and you need to climb up some stairs to get there, and it isn't labeled as Prides Osteria parking so I drove around a few times before I figured it out.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • RoCrowVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I love the way they prepare seafood at Prides and my husband loves the pasta. This time, since our favorite beet salad was not available we tried a wonderful tomato savory tart (can't remember the actual name) and was it delicious ! We'll be back soon !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    SummerEaters
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I had a gift card for open table which is how I found the restaurant. My husband and I were visiting friends in Beverly and wanted to take them out to eat. They had never been to the restaurant before either. I had the most delicious lamb chop I have ever had in my life. The food was delicious, the service was excellent!
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    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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  • Disappointed
    outandabout
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    It started off well, the apps arrived quickly and were delicious but we waited a very long time for the entrees and our waitress completely avoided us during that time. When the entrees finally arrived the portions were skimpy, not quite cooked and lacked enough sauce. No one was too impressed. I'd only return for the apps and a drink.
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  • I won't be back
    salemfoodie
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I had enjoyed a wonderful meal at Pride's a couple of months ago, and I couldn't wait to go back. I had ordered the pappardelle with pesto and it was heavenly. I returned with my husband and a friend. We ordered at 7:30 pm, and our entrees arrived at 9:00. Our server was fine, but the ambience was off this time as everyone was looking for their food. The pappardelle arrived - the lightness replaced with a glutinous heaviness. The flavor was dull, and it was cold. My broccoli rabe was stringy, tough and yet overdone. Everyone's food was cold, but we were not sending it back at 9:00 - obviously something was very wrong in the kitchen. The bill arrived in a timely fashion and was around $170 for the three of us. No apologies no comps.
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    notable wine list
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  • Delicious
    Katy
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Delicious pasta! Kitchen is slow to get food out but servers, bartenders and owner all working hard and very pleasant. Worth the wait! Loved it, would go back tomorrow!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sad
    Paul
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Our second visit to Osteria was a disappointment. Service was slow, food was slow, forgot my dinner, apps not well prepared. So excited to see zucchini blossoms on the menu so we went for a double order. Really oily, somewhat soggy like they had been sitting awhile, sauce nondescript. Sadly I dont think we will be back...what happened?
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  • RoCrowVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I had the swordfish for the second time- it is a delicious preparation; the fish is tender and moist with just the right level of seasoning. I have had this dish elsewhere, and it is often smothered in sauce which tends to dilute the essential flavor of the fish. We shared the salad with gorgonzola and nuts as Prides' was out of beets (our favorite to start); this salad was lovely with a delicate but tasty dressing; alas, this time we were too full to try one of the yummy deserts- next time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Our meal was great, service was excellent. The only offsetting thing was the restaurant was less than half full. For a Saturday night I was anticipating more of a vibrant scene. Can't understand why this restaurant wasn't packed. The prices are high for the area but the quality was definitely there.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not bad but not what I expected...
    TburgFoodLover
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We made this reservation because LAST summer, when we visited the area, we bought some exquisite pesto from the restaurant at a local farmers market. Expecting to consume the food created by Chef Paolo, we were disappointed to find he had moved on. While the Burrata stuffed zucchini flowers with truffle mayo, were delicate and tasty, the mussels were NOT as fresh as we would have liked. The papardelle, although housemade, was not handled carefully and there were sections that were hard, and uncooked with a Rae floor taste. The pesto was could but unfortunately not the same as the pesto we enjoyed last summer. The service was excellent, friendly and attentive. All in all, a bit overpriced and not as unique and wonderful as we had hoped.
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    great for lunch, notable wine list
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  • gone downhill
    oceanview
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    I took friends to the restaurant recently. Prides used to be one of my favorite places. I should have known things had changed because at 7 PM the place was completely empty! It is a different chef now. They do not change the menu daily. The pasta portions are larger than before so one can have that as a main course. The food used to be outstanding. Now it is average at best, but still very pricey. Not sure I would go back.
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  • RoCrowVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Pride's Osteria has new menus, and a new chef- it's a seamless transition. Although my husband was crazy for the pesto- he enjoyed the new one as well, and found it to be more substantial. I tried chicken; a huge serving and very delicious. A must have for dessert is the trio of fruit sorbetto- so wonderful on a hot evening! The service is always wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    PMPas
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    This was our second time there and had fun introducing our friends to their concept of farm to table dining.
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    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Good, not great
    MrsMillertonVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    After reading a number of excellent reviews, I wanted to check out Prides. The restaurant itself was beautiful, clean, modern. The food was hit and miss at our table. My sister had mussels and a small portion of the pesto pasta. Pasta was great, mussels were fishy and inconsistent. I had rabbit, on the bone, which tasted good but was very difficult to eat, the meat was very difficult to get off the bone. I think I ended up with about 4 bites all in. We got the focaccia and burrata appetizer, it was good, nothing special. And we got the fried custard slices for dessert which was delicious. All in, it was a pretty expensive meal that was sort of a let down based on reviews. I'm not sure I'll go back.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Great pasta but lacking elsewhere
    Foodie
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    We went to this restaurant bc we had a gift card & had heard good things. Overall the hand-made pasta with pesto was excellent but the rest of our meal was mediocre at best. We also ordered gnocchi with walnut sauce but it was so hot I would bet it was microwaved which made the gnocchi become gummy. The muscles were ok but nothing special - overall they could use some fine tuning.
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  • Tasty/ Small Portions/Pricey
    chef44
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We had a party of 4 for a Friday night. Service was good and the food was very good tasting, but the portions were small and the prices were high. Dont let that 2 dollar sign rating fool you. It ended up being $54per person in our party. We only got 2 glasses of wine and no other cold beverages at all. The risotto while tasty has langostinos in it but they were in the shell and too difficult to eat. So 3 of us just pretty much ate risotto with no other seafood or veggies in it. The salad was good but at $10 for a dinner salad it was overpriced. I know the quality of the food is good as I cook organic and fresh at home but I still found the prices to be high with the portions small. The panacotta was delicious!
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 26 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 22 reviews are from the Prides Osteria reviews archive.
  • Best Pesto EVER!!!
    YoginiVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    The pasta and pesto is beyond description...the best I've ever had!!! We had it for an appetizer and I had a half portion again for dinner. The pesto is served on 'handkerchief' pasta - large delicate squares of pasta that melt in your mouth. The service was fantastic, the menu was so appealing...we wanted everything! The decor is simple and and lovely, just like the food. I had the octopus salad that was perfectly prepared. My husband had the rib eye that was spectacular. Everything was super super delicious...a special dining experience to be sure!!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • BizDevGalVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Food was very good. Bianca was an excellent waitstaff.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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  • Outstanding Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Pastas to die for...the house made freshness really shines. The Pesto a standout, but the always changing/seasonally inspired dishes keep us coming back. The Charcuterie/Farm Board is worth ever morsel. The flatbread amazing. Can't say enough good things about this hidden gem, off the beaten track restaurant. Almost fearful of saying good things because I worry it'll get overrun and hard to get a table. (Extra tip: the muddled dirty martini is killer!)
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Terribly overpriced
    iluvgudfud
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Except for the pasta, the food is definitely not the gourmet quality we expected. And everything was overpriced, from the basic house salad to the 'segundi.' The rest of my family had pasta dishes, which were okay although on the small side for the price. But my swordfish dish was pretty unappetizing, to say the least. It was a plate of chopped up swordfish with chopped up mushrooms in a fairly tasteless sauce. It looked like something you'd throw together out of leftovers, and tasted pretty much the same. Chef Ramsey would have taken one look and tossed it in the trash. Save your money, there must be decent Italian restaurants in the area that won't charge an arm and a leg and will give you better food.
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  • wonderful
    OliversMom
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    My husband and I were celebrating 25 years together. We'd not been there before. Our server was very friendly, informative and professional. Food was amazing. I am gluten free and not able to try what my husband said was the best pasta ever!! There were multiple options for me, both appetizers and entrees. We loved it and will definitely go back again.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Pleasantly surprised!
    1serialdinerVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Because, some foodie friends weren't emphatic that we should get there, they grumbled that its expensive and loud (on the bar side) but we unanimously say who cares, the food was prepared to perfection! The delightful woman serving us couldn't have been nice, very helpful with the wine and each plate was so delicious, we ordered a third salad (we were only 2 people) because we needed. To share it again! The pasta and the pesto and the bread, all indulgences I will gladly repeat!
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • solid performance
    cuisinist
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Prides Osteria is a fine restaurant that I wish was a great restaurant. The food is always well prepared and there is a nice selection of wine. The chef takes more chances than anyone else on the North Shore: veal-belly stuffed with sweetbreads was a recent special. Service is friendly and professional. I wish, though, that the menu was larger. While it varies daily, about 50% is almost always the same. It also seems a bit pricey for what you get. I will keep coming back because they have the best italian in the area, but i'll keep hoping for more, too.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Best kept secret on the North Shore
    EmmeGee
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This little place tucked away on a rough and tumble street is a local treasure. They have lots of interesting cocktails (we enjoyed something called a gingerello) and a great wine list. The buratta appetizer and the farm board charcuterie is the best we've had, with succulent slivers of meats and cheeses, and some crusty crackery bits (maybe fried pasta dough?). Speaking of pasta, Pride's is to die for. I fully believe that their claim of "world's best pesto" is true. They serve it over thin sheets of pasta. I've never tasted anything so wonderful. It was all we could do not to lick the plates. After 6 or so visits, we've only rarely made it to the entrees, but when we do, it's always sublime. I can't recommend this place more highly.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Unbelievable find on the N. Shore
    BobfromBoston
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Indeed, Paolo Laboa’s Prized Pesto is amazing ... and you must try it. My daughter and I took my wife to Prides Osteria for a special Mother's Day 2014 noon opening. We were greeted warmly, and began the feast. The warm octopus salad, the farm board, pesto ravs and lasagna, great wines and beer selection. Topped off with coffee, cappuccino and deserts ... we enjoyed a relaxed dining experience with unbelievably creative cuisine. Prides Osteria is now being put on our North Shore "rotation list" ... we'll be back with friends as we go "up the line" from Cape Ann.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too much $
    notthatkindoffoodie
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    The food was tasty, but way overpriced. If importing prosciutto from Italy causes a business to charge that much for simple menu items (e.g. tortellini and foccacia), import something else, and bring the cost down. Most palates can not differentiate at that level, Perhaps this restaurant truly caters to foodies who can? Not the likes of me, I guess. This place was nice, but not worth the dent in my budget.
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  • DTMJRVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Enjoyed our meal and look forward to returning. A great local restauraunt
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  • hidden gem
    pumpkinsmom
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The food was amazing - from course to course, everything was fresh and delicious. The burratta was soft, creamy and delicious. The pesto was amazing on the thinnest pasta I have ever seen. My husband loved the veal porterhouse and I fully enjoyed the halibut. We can't wait to come back!
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    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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  • Great service not enough food
    BrianSipe
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The service and the setting were outstanding. The food was very good, but not enough for the price.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.