Honestly, the only reason we stopped in was because of Pokemon Go. I walked into the pizza carry out and market portion of the restaurant to catch Eevee, and saw the inside of the sit down restaurant and knew we had to eat here. Eevee even stayed for drinks. To elaborate on this one Sunday night, we found ourselves out in Clifton and one of my favorite spots, Trummers on Main, was closed for a private event. So we just decided to maybe wait in line in Peterson's and get some ice cream and find some food on the way home. That's when the pokemon led me here. The restaurant itself is beautiful and packed on a Sunday. Also the restaurant itself is divided into two sections: The trattoria and the main dining room. The trattoria is the bar area with a raw bar, serves wine, cheese and salumi at marble-topped standing tables and then there is the classic dining room setting. The third part I guess it he market attached to the restaurant. Apparently, there was a 30 minute wait for outdoor seating and after seeing platefuls of attractive food come out I happily waited at the trattoria with Eevee and company. When we got to sit down on the patio, which was nicely designed, with about 10 tables, a lovely fountain, also a seated outdoor area with couches, and lots of tomato and basil plants around. I even spied a vintage brightly blue pained cabinet that served as make your own bloody mary bar so I know brunch is pretty official here ( ). Our server was fantastic, he was being shadowed by another employee that night and they were hilarious (we were joking about my pokemon hunting)and very attentive. First thing you will notice about the menu here, the entrees are very fairly priced. A huge plate of homemade pasta for $12? Seriously? And I get the option of getting a caprese with Burrata or fresh mozzarella? Welcome to Italian food paradise Now here's the inventory of the damage we did that night. Meatball al Forno ($10) Described in the menu as five all beef meatballs stuffed with finely chopped mushrooms and onions in homemade marinara sauce and smothered with fresh, melted mozzarella cheese, served with toasted slices of baguette. The cheesiest meatball creation ever. I loved them. Villagio Caprese ($13) Heirloom tomatoes drizzled with olive oil and balsamic glaze, topped with basil. Served with your choice of traditional buffalo mozzarella or burrata mozzarella with prosciutto wrapped breadsticks. This appetizer is pricier than an entree but you get a HUGE ball of burrata and can be split among several people. Caprese is the ultimate summertime dish. Shrimp Badda-Bing!($11) Crispy shrimp tossed in a creamy, spicy sauce. This was pretty tasty, very much like Bonefish Grill's Bang Bang Shrimp. Given the other appetizers on the menu, I'm not sure if I would order this again, I think I live the more tomato based traditional appetizers, but it was nice to try and I understand why it's so popular! Spaghetti Carbonara ($11)-Homemade spaghetti, pancetta and sautéed onions coated with egg, black pepper and a touch of cream, finished with a sprinkle of fresh parmigiana cheese. The best carbonara I have had in this area. Their homemade noodles are fantastic and this carbonara did not sit heavily like other cream based sauces. Tagliatelle Bolognese ($11)-Homemade ribbon pasta tossed with a fresh Bolognese meat sauce. Huge portions, I brought home enough for lunch the next day. Fresh red sauce, and the ribbon pasta was amazing. This is some of the best Italian food I have had in a long time, and something about the food combined with ambience and the service, makes you kinda want to linger here, have an espresso and enjoy your company. Don't plan on a quick meal here. Once we discovered it was a short one hour ride back home after that meal, we immediately made plans to return. I now think I have my new favorite spot in Clifton.
Sahar R. on Jul 12, 2016