Even though the sign above the door clearly states the name, I walked past it 3 times. In fact, I returned to the hotel to get redirected as the graffiti and bland buildings looked the same for miles in both directions. With the insisting of the hotel concierge I reluctantly walked in. We were the only guests in the entire place and the wait and kitchen staff could not care less that we were standing in the doorway. After a few minutes of feeling like a complete fool, a quick gesture came from the chef pointing to a table. Sitting down and getting completely ignored gave me the chance to slow down and watch the real story unfold. It wasn't quite race time and the pit crew was giving final touches to the race car. The staff was in one constant fluid motion working in silent harmony to put the final touches on the dinning room and kitchen for the lunch rush. Five minutes to noon all the motion stopped, a tiny wooden door to the kitchen opened and out came the chef and his sous chef. They brought with them a bottle of unlabeled Grappa. The rest of the staff joined them in a quick toast of espressos mixed with grappa and it was on. A well oiled and finely tuned show ensued. Pasta orders came fast and furiously each cooked to order and flowed quickly through the tiny pass.
Beautiful, thick cuts of Prosciutto were cut by hand and served in generous portions.
The chef, I never got name, invited me very briefly into his work place. It was an,, inferno of flying freshly sauced pasta and giant stockpots full of boiling pasta water.
A most amazing pizza followed my brief kitchen visit topped with house cured Salumi and a free range localy grown fresh egg, perfection!
Once again, its a reminder to slow down a minute and really take a look at the surroundings you are confronted with. You may see something you never thought possible, a diamond in the rough perhaps. The chef and a woman, introduced to me only as "Mi Amore", bid us farewell with a nip of that secret grappa with our afternoon espresso. Oh, and yes, I returned for dinner and will again!