Enter this restaurant and the decor is neither Italian kitsch nor over-done. A very handsome cocktail bar is built around their wood-fired brick oven. The aroma of the fire permeates the room in a pleasant fashion. We'd stumbled upon the place and it appealed to us because of the availability of off-street parking. But when we were seated we'd already made up our minds we'd return. The bread basket contains bruschetta from the brick oven, and is accompanied by a dish of white beans, garlic and onions in olive oil. You must have the steamed mussels - and order the ""red sauce."" The delightful seafood and delectable sauce were an item we'd have paid three times as much for. Spiedini all Romana could've used more anchovy paste, but was the only lackluster appetizer. The house tagliatelle with a lovely, dense mushroom sauce was decadently creamy and the pasta was perfect. The veal chop is just great, and not too pricey either. A scallop special on one visit was delectable. Veal scallopine was fork-tender. Wines are fairly priced and of high quality; even the house Chianti by the glass is a home run. A warning: order sparingly if you hate doggy bags; the portions are gargantuan. Service is unobtrusive, friendly and helpful. This restaurant even serves a very, very good cup of coffee - an indication of attention to detail. Dessert of choice by far is the Tiramisu - this one light as a feather. A strawberry mousse cake was also quite good (they don't have it all the time). One last thing: their red sauce (or ""gravy"") as we call it in this neck of the woods, is so good we purchase at least two quarts to take home on every visit.
Pros: Delicious and a good value.
Cons: What's not to like?