Sometimes you just fall in love with a place for its honesty and simplicity. This is one of those places. Fabulous mood, well priced and great food.
AAA Inspector Notes
Neapolitan chef and co-owner Raffaele Ronca grew up in a family who ran a restaurant in the famed southern port city. After immigrating to the U.S., the chef honed his skills in the kitchens of New York's best Italian restaurants before opening this charming neighborhood eatery. It is a real gem. Seafood—like the sea bass, clams, grilled octopus or fried calamari—is an integral part of the menu, as is the pizza; pasta is made fresh. Cheesecake, homemade, is excellent and a must-try. Service is relaxed and the eatery has developed a loyal following of both locals and visitors who have seen chef Raffaele on the Food Network. The small open space, which incorporates the lively kitchen into the room, can get loud. There is also seasonal patio seating, a creative chef's tasting menu, and a well-priced prix fixe on some nights. Highly recommended.