That same description would work for the fried calamari that my cousin and I each got as appetizers; very well made, with the right texture and a nicely crisp, but not brittle crust, but lacking in salt and seasonings. The marinara sauce it came with was fantastic though, and added a nice slightly sweet, slightly acidic flavor that was necessary. My cousin and I also both ordered the fiocchi alle pere, a tortelloni like stuffed pasta with pear, ricotta, and mascarpone, in a thick, heavy parmesan cream sauce. The sauce itself, while delicious, was a little too heavy for my taste, and by the end of the entree I was wiping as much sauce off each piece of pasta as I could. The pasta itself was good, I suspect homemade, and soft but not mushy; I couldn't really taste the pasta itself because of the heaviness of the sauce, so I can't say if it had the right flavors or not. The filling was incredible, sharp, tangy, sweet, and the little pieces of pear had just the right amount of crunch left to add a bit of "tooth" to the dish. I would love to have it again, but with a sauce that doesn't overwhelm quite so much.
Despite the heaviness of the entree, and the fact that I was stuffed, I eagerly awaited my dessert, the "sticky date pudding" with a warm toffee sauce and vanilla ice cream. This was remarkable; not too sweet, with a lovely, puffy, airy texture, tasting slightly of date, but not hugely so. The toffee sauce was good, but a little oversweet for me (not that that's too hard), and the vanilla ice cream was delicious. My cousin had the brownie dessert, which also came with ice cream. She raved about it, as did my grandfather, who tried a bite (or two...he's diabetic and not supposed to eat much in the way of sweets, but we let him try it, and he managed to sneak a second bite before we could stop him; at 94 he's still all about the food!) and had a grin on his face that stretched ear to ear.
The food was good, but the service was really great. As I said, my grandfather is 94, and my grandmother is 86, and neither are in the best shape. The wait staff was very accomodating, holding doors for us on the way in and out as my cousin and I helped our grandparents in and out of the restaurant, and even providing a pair of reading glasses for my grandmother since she forgot hers. In fact, they had a box of several pairs for her to choose from! That kind of thing is very much appreciated, and was the sort of service that was repeated the next day for lunch as well.
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