Pranzo. Both friends and family have recommenced this place to us numerous times to us, but getting a reservation can sometimes be difficult. This time we had no problems and we settled in for dinner at 7:15pm.
Pranzo, as the name suggests, is an Italian restaurant. The menu features antipasti, wood-fired flatbreads, traditional Italian fare such as gnocchi and cavatelli, and also chicken, meat and seafood dishes. They also have specials that change weekly. Before we decided on our entrees, we were brought a basket of flatbread and dipping oil. The bread was thin and a little dense. We would have liked the bread to have a little more garlic and Italian seasoning on it because with just the dipping oil it was just average.
We walked into Pranzo expecting to be blown away by some traditional Italian food, but left feeling a little underwhelmed. The highlight of the night was my beef dish, but the hit/miss dish my fiancee left us just moderately happy for the price of our meal. Food wise Pranzo gets a 3.75/5
Pranzo is a Bring Your Own Alcohol establishment with a small corking fee. This is both a plus and a minus. The plus is you can save money and bring in whatever alcohol you so desire. This will lessen your dining cost for sure, and also allow you to choose what you are drinking. The minus is that you have to prepare for dinner by bringing what you want and keeping it cold if necessary. (I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments section about what you think about this policy.)
Atmosphere and Service
Pranzo has a wonderful feel from the moment you walk in. The restaurant is small inside and is divided into two rooms. Although small, the tables are well spaced and we never felt cramped. The exposed brick combined with the decor also made us feel right at home.
We left with mixed feelings and a little disappointed in our experience at Pranzo based on all the positive comments we've heard from friends and family. Outside of my entree and the atmosphere the rest of our experience was average. This is definitely a place that we are going to have to revisit to see if our experience was the norm or if this was just an off night.
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