Was very excited to eat here, on a saturday evening in august, the windows were open and its was a tad hot. Dinner for two, small table in the middle and not much elbow room, got banged into a couple of times, with the hustle and bustle, didn't really mind, but next time - will shoot for a table out of the fray. It is quite dark in the evening and sets a romantic mood, but it can be somewhat hard to see the menu. Friendly and attentive service, we ordered 3 appetizers, everyone seems to complain about the serving sizes, these were fine. We ordered the Octopus, Meatballs and salumi and cheese plate. The bbq'd octopus was fantastic, the best I have ever had. Smokey and perfectly chewy, highly recommended. The meatballs were composed of assorted meats, featuring veal and were good - topped with shaved parm. The salumi and cheese plate for two featured shredded prosciutto, speck, pancetta and aged Parmesan with honey. It was good, but I am a fan of my cured meats sliced thin and layered - I would give it a 6 out of 10, but then again I am spoiled by Crispo. (Review soon) My girlfriend ordered the pasta of the night which was shrimp stuffed ravioli over basil/pesto sauce and it was quite good. Super smooth and creamy. My entree was the steamed brazino over fregola (a type of mini-pasta, similar to cous-cous), mini clams, leeks, capers and bottarga (roe) This was a great dish, a beautiful piece of fish over a very interesting mix of seafood. I personally would have liked the fish to be very slightly browned for a crisper bite, to have a bit more texture. Our desert was the olive oil cake, a much fancier name with tangerine, gelato, and assorted other ingedients, it was okay - seemed to try too hard and the elements sort of fell apart. I will definitely try it out again, but its still second string to Noodle Pudding, two blocks away. PROS: Excellent, authentic Italian food, with great care in their fresh ingredients and presentation. Amazing service. CONS: Slightly packed, especially in the center aisles.
72 Henry Street