We celebrated a friend's birthday here and had a great experience. The upstairs was reserved for the party, including the upstairs bar. The menu had VERY authentic Italian food so hard to chose. I was tempted to simply order two appetizers, the oven-roasted octopus with arugula and cold sliced veal looked delicious (one of the guests raved about the veal). I ordered the braised short ribs over sauteed peas and was very pleased with the taste -- the serving is very ample. The peas were exceptional and the short rib meat very moist. My spouse ordered the swordfish with salad and said he was pleasantly surprised that it never got tough. We met the chef and her apprentice daughter and complimented them on a great restaurant.