Ok so it might not be authentic Italian (and it is after all a "American-Italian") but who cares when you get served very hearty Italian style food, short but quality winelist, cozy setting, great 50's/60's music and a rare find in Saigon-friendly service. We have been 4 or 5 times since it opened and the owner has created something really special here. Very rare to get served free dips and bread plus a nice glass of sparkling wine for the ladies before you order, plus an aperitif for all at the end. We have had pizza, pasta, salads, chicken and pork dishes and all have been tasty and filling. 1 standout dish was the starter of courgette flowers tempura style filled with goats cheese-superb. Carbonara was good too with nice meaty bacon bits and using Pecorino cheese which gives it a more pungent taste. (Yes, it does have cream so don't go if you're an Italian gastronom). Nice bottle of Pinot Grigio went well with most of the dishes and then to finish was 2 outstanding desserts-chocolate fondant and a wonderful flaky pastry and cream strawberry concoction, simple but superbly executed. The owner is a really friendly, chatty guy who has been there every time we have visited, and unlike many other foreign owners here he knows when to chat and when not to. I can highly recommend this place, but if you need a table on the buzzy 1st floor I recommend you book-twice we've had to go round the block until a table became available, although there are more tables upstairs on the quieter 2nd floor. A great find.
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