Post work mid week feed when pay day is far off means a trip to the Waiter's Club! Spinners and I gave this place a try on a Thursday evening and we arrived about 7:15pm. We climbed the narrow stair case and poked our little heads (her head is little, mine not so much) round the door and took in the 70s melamine tables and kitsch posters on the walls and wanted to be there. The waitress was friendly enough and asked us to return at 7:30pm so we had a quick drink downstairs. When we returned a couple of the tables had emptied so we settled in and drank in the nostalgia of this place with two tumblers of red wine.
We share some garlic bread and decided to split a spaghetti carbonara and a penne calabrese. It was a hard choice though with so many pasta choices - marinara, bolognese, amatriciana, lasagne...they were all present on the chalkboard as well as specials.
We chose well though and two big piles of pasta soon arrived. It's simple food - honest, rustic and to be honest not unlike something you could knock up at home but it's nice for someone else to cook. The pasta is al dente, the sauces tasty and the serves generous. In Winter, what more could you want? We got through the two dishes and finished it off sharing a tiramisu - again simple, unpretentious and tasty.
It came to less than $30 each and we had wine so it was definitely was purse friendly. I think I liked this place more than Grossi Florentino's Cellar Bar as I think the pasta was cooked better and more generous but it's close for value for money pasta.