We waited 45 minutes for a table. Service was competent,but no one welcomed us, or bid us farewell or asked about our meal. A no-nonsense place for bargains, favors families but not the discerning diner. True Italian cooking is about flavor and fresh ingredients.
We opted to try their pasta dishes. Good chefs understand that pasta carbonara requires a deft hand. I enjoyed an authentic version in Rome and when properly made, the dish should taste smoky, enhanced by sauteed lardoons of pancetta, the sauce is made in the platter tossing fresh egg with the pasta, freshly grated parmagianno reggiano, and coarse pepper.BUT My pasta arrived swimming in cream. The ribbon noodles were not al dente, slices of prosciutto were substituted for pancetta. My wife had ordered the chicken ala Roma: slices of grilled chicken topping the same noodles, same suspicious bechamel-like white sauce, much too rich for the palate.
Pros: value, traditional, comfort food
Cons: not authentic, too heavy, lack of warmth