A lovely little (and much needed, I might add) NYC-style Italian restaurant bordering on what most would consider "fine dining". This venue has two sides. Upon entering, it has the fairly typical look of a regular pizza joint, but step up and to the right and you'll find a pleasant, roomy, and atmospherically lit area, not overly decorated in a good way, and (for a change) appropriate music and at an (also for a change) unoffensive volume (lots of Sinatra!)
I was a little disappointed to learn that they were completely out of the appetizer I wanted, as well as a major fish entree and steak in all aspects was 86'ed as well, which for a Friday night could well be a major contributor to being a deal-breaker for some. I gave the benefit of the doubt in this case and attributed it to part of the growing pains of a relatively new establishment. Hopefully these errors will be learned from. I assume this is in large part is due to the owner(s)' being pretty conservative in their edible supply ordering from their vendors to test the waters.
One other slight downfall is that they do not yet have their liquor license, though I understand that is diligently being worked on. Obviously this could be an issue for those who enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail or a decent wine with their meals. However, although it is not technically BYOB, the insinuation was to keep it under the radar and it will be "allowed", for lack of a better term. Now to the meal...
The bread was very good, and is served with a side of dipping olive oil. My guest and I both found the oil to be rather bland. It could definitely use another go-round of seasoning and I think roasted garlic cloves would be an excellent touch. We ordered the drunken chicken (which is basically chicken parm over over pasta in a sauce reminiscent of penne vodka, but a little different) and the pesto tortellini. Both dishes were very good and impressively portioned. But based on the price structure, I believe the portioning was fair.
The service overall was nice and friendly, and the (owner??) made a point of making brief "How is everything?" visits to the tables, which was a nice touch rather than some managers/owners who spend the majority of the evening hiding behind a tiny desk in a cramped room somewhere in the depths of back-of-house. Overall a very enjoyable meal and we were able to take some home with us as well.
The one thing that I could not figure out for the life of me was the delivery of the check. I asked for it when I was ready, and the server disappeared for almost a full 15 minutes, until another party came to give a mysterious apology for the check taking so long to appear. Another few minutes went by and then it came. No issues from there and we left agreeing to give it another go at some point.
In general, definitely worth at least one visit and certainly a must for Italian food lovers in Highland Falls proper. They also have a weekend brunch which I am anxious to try.
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