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