We visited a Friday afternoon after the lunch rush around 2:00 in the afternoon. We stood at the hostess-less hostess stand for a few minutes before we were acknowledged (meanwhile waitstaff constantly walked by). We were eventually greeted with a, "Three? Sit here," from a man in the bar area as he pointed to the closest table near him. This rubbed me the wrong way. I have no problem with eating in the bar area, I have a problem with a what is presumed to be manager (since he was in a shirt and tie and not the Aria button up) not walking over to greet patrons of his restaurant and walking them to the table. We read the generous menu and eventually decided on an appetizer of garlic pizza knots and a large margherita pizza, a bottle of wine for my friend and and I and a beer for her husband. Only thing was, we still hadn't been acknowledged by a waiter. Some time had passed, after many unsuccessful attempts to to grab the attention of waiters walking by, before a bartender came over and took our drink and appetizer order. Only after did that a waitress finally come over, greet us, and asked what we'd like to drink. Um... Before we got a chance to explain the bartender came rushing over and let her know he already took our drink and appetizer order. We then placed our pizza order with her before she ran off.
Our appetizer was served to us very promptly and it was delicious. The knots were not like any I had experienced before. The garlic knots I'm familiar with are hunks of pizza crust in a knot formation brushed with butter, garlic and cheese. These were almost a-phylo-like dough brushed with butter, garlic and cheese then rolled up and placed in a dish to bake. It was so good! There may or may not have been a small fork fight over the last one in the dish.
The pizza also came out very quick. The pizza was good, not bad but also nothing outstanding. Sauce was very good but it was on the light side, and we asked for more from a passing by bartender. The mozzarella was also very good. The dough was the disappointing feature, it was a bit too thick and a little chewy in the crust area.
|Good Margherita Pizza|
|Empty Cannoli :(|
Overall, unless you're getting carry out, stay away - the good food doesn't make up for the terrible service. If you're eating in, sit in the bar area.