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November 26, 2006



by gastronomicbypass

Location 626 N State St

In one word – Vino

Food – Come here for Italian tapas. Quickie portions of pizza, bruschetta, pasta, meats and cheese (we know how I do love the cheese). I haven’t found any of these items to be amazing, but this is one of those places where the scene is more important than the food.

Drink – The whole shtick here is “the wine is cheaper than the water,” like any good Italian restaurant. You can buy your wine by the “quartino” which is 2/3 of a bottle. Ask the staff for assistance on choosing wine. I like that the portions for wine are small enough that you can change it up during the meal without blacking out.

Service – The staff has good intentions but each time I’m here it seems as though the restaurant is understaffed.

Scene – By filling this place up to capacity and keeping the walking area minimal around tables, this place feels like a scene. The crowd is a mix of corporate groups, girl friend get-togethers, dates and tourists. Fun place to people watch.

Occasion – The place is loud, so it’s a good place for superficial conversations where you can nod and smile a lot.

Dress – Jeans and heels with an urban chic attitude and you’ll impress all the tourists.

Cost – It really is a bang for your buck. Expect to pay $20 – 30 and you’ll be full.

If you like…, try – Carnivale, Nacional 27

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  1. beatrice
    Sep 2 2007

    You were right on the mark. The place has atmosphere and its good value for your money. I loved the crustry bread. The pizzas are just the right size for sharing.


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