Shells and Sauce

★★★★☆
This restaurant is serving authentic Italian American food in the heart of Congress Park.
  • 2600 E 12th Ave

    Denver, CO 80206

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  • 303-377-2091

About Shells and Sauce

Hours
Sat, Sunday Brunch 10am- 3pm Tue-Thu 3pm-10pm Fri 3pm-11pm Sat 10am-11pm Sun 10am-9pm

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Coming from a NY Italian family, I'm pretty judgmental of Italian fare. Shells and Sauce really delivers! Of the four dishes our table ordered, not one was disappointing. We'll definitely be back.

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★★★★☆

Coming from a NY Italian family, I'm pretty judgmental of Italian fare. Shells and Sauce really delivers! Of the four dishes our table ordered, not one was disappointing. We'll definitely be back.

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Shells and Sauce is to die for and I almost did. Food made me vomit and vomit. I should have known when the food came with hair in it and cold...that I was in for a bad dinning experience. Moreover, I ran into an old friend who told me they also got really sick after eating at Shells and Sauce. BEWARE!!! Avoid this place. Service was also a miss.

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★☆☆☆☆

Shells and Sauce is to die for and I almost did. Food made me vomit and vomit. I should have known when the food came with hair in it and cold...that I was in for a bad dinning experience. Moreover, I ran into an old friend who told me they also got really sick after eating at Shells and Sauce. BEWARE!!! Avoid this place. Service was also a miss.

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After taking a tour at the Botanical Gardens, my husband and family stopped by after reading a review on Shells and Sauce. Let me tell you that was some of the best food Italian Food I've ever had.

I had the stuffed shells and you might as well say my taste buds had a foodgasm!

Great staff, and the clientele where all super friendly.

I can't wait until I return to Denver, I know where I am eating~ Open a Shells and Sauce in Columbus Ohio, please. :)

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★★★★★

After taking a tour at the Botanical Gardens, my husband and family stopped by after reading a review on Shells and Sauce. Let me tell you that was some of the best food Italian Food I've ever had.

I had the stuffed shells and you might as well say my taste buds had a foodgasm!

Great staff, and the clientele where all super friendly.

I can't wait until I return to Denver, I know where I am eating~ Open a Shells and Sauce in Columbus Ohio, please. :)

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I made reservations for 6:30 on a Friday evening and when I arrived with my party we were seated upstairs right away. The servers were friendly and attentive and we received our appetizer as well as our entrees promptly. The only complaint that I have is that the place just smelled funky. At first I thought it was me but the people I was with also agreed. The best way to describe it is to say that it smelled like a dirty diaper. However, the smell would leave just a quickly as it came so it was hard to pinpoint where it was coming from. I inquired with the server but they didn't seem to know what I was talking about. I'll give this place another shot because the food is good and I hope the next time I'm there that it smells better.

2
★★★★☆

I made reservations for 6:30 on a Friday evening and when I arrived with my party we were seated upstairs right away. The servers were friendly and attentive and we received our appetizer as well as our entrees promptly. The only complaint that I have is that the place just smelled funky. At first I thought it was me but the people I was with also agreed. The best way to describe it is to say that it smelled like a dirty diaper. However, the smell would leave just a quickly as it came so it was hard to pinpoint where it was coming from. I inquired with the server but they didn't seem to know what I was talking about. I'll give this place another shot because the food is good and I hope the next time I'm there that it smells better.

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Great place for a good meal and some conversation! Especially on the rooftop deck in the summer where you are up in the "trees" looking out the windows up there.

Nice place to take a date.......

Reasonably priced and great service. Especially from that handsome Dino, fantastic waiter!

2
★★★★★

Great place for a good meal and some conversation! Especially on the rooftop deck in the summer where you are up in the "trees" looking out the windows up there.

Nice place to take a date.......

Reasonably priced and great service. Especially from that handsome Dino, fantastic waiter!

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I really enjoyed this place. The food was great, same with the service and the atmosphere.

2
★★★★☆

I really enjoyed this place. The food was great, same with the service and the atmosphere.

Pros: Excellent food

Cons: place smells kind of funny

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This is the closest thing to an East Coast Italian restaurant in Denver. Reminds me of home - fabo!

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★★★★★

This is the closest thing to an East Coast Italian restaurant in Denver. Reminds me of home - fabo!

Pros: Great food - fun and attentive staff

Cons: A little cramped

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They have very interesting, unique dishes (pasta with spicy tomato sauce and blackened chicken, stuffed shells with butternut squash) and fabulous desserts. The red velvet cake is a must try. Another great feature is the bread with olive oil dip. The olive oil has balsamic, herbs and garlic and is good enough to drink. Prices are also extremely reasonable. I find myself going back again and again, and I have yet to take someone here who does not love it.

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★★★★★

They have very interesting, unique dishes (pasta with spicy tomato sauce and blackened chicken, stuffed shells with butternut squash) and fabulous desserts. The red velvet cake is a must try. Another great feature is the bread with olive oil dip. The olive oil has balsamic, herbs and garlic and is good enough to drink. Prices are also extremely reasonable. I find myself going back again and again, and I have yet to take someone here who does not love it.

Pros: Interesting dishes

Cons: Dessert menu not fully available at brunch

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Great Italian Food

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★★★★★

Great Italian Food

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I LOVE this place. The gnocci is amazing and I actually crave it quite regularly and have to go back often to induldge! The calamari is amazing as is the homemade bread. This has become my favorite restaurant and I'm so glad that they're open! Also they recently added a rooftop patio that is absolutely gorgeous!!!!!

2
★★★★★

I LOVE this place. The gnocci is amazing and I actually crave it quite regularly and have to go back often to induldge! The calamari is amazing as is the homemade bread. This has become my favorite restaurant and I'm so glad that they're open! Also they recently added a rooftop patio that is absolutely gorgeous!!!!!

Pros: Rooftop seating, great food and wine!!!!!!! parking in back

Cons: sometimes gets too busy

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Shells has been a wonderful in spicing up Congress Park Neighborhood. Great food and service and now a roof-top patio to enjoy a glass of vino & enjoy a summer evening.

4
★★★★☆

Shells has been a wonderful in spicing up Congress Park Neighborhood. Great food and service and now a roof-top patio to enjoy a glass of vino & enjoy a summer evening.

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The food was AWESOME! I took my girlfriend there for the first time and we were wowed! great atmosphere! OOOOH..and the head cook served us personally. We will be going back soon.
ALSO CHECK OUT THERE WEBSITE
shellsandsauce (dot) net professional website!

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★★★★★

The food was AWESOME! I took my girlfriend there for the first time and we were wowed! great atmosphere! OOOOH..and the head cook served us personally. We will be going back soon.
ALSO CHECK OUT THERE WEBSITE
shellsandsauce (dot) net professional website!

Pros: Great servers, staff, hosts. Everyone was very nice there.

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Ambiance is extraordinary, great food, friendly staff. A wonderful experience every single time. Highly recommend this place.

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★★★★★

Ambiance is extraordinary, great food, friendly staff. A wonderful experience every single time. Highly recommend this place.

Pros: Food is to die for!!!

Cons: Come early gets very busy some nights

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This restaurant has excellent food. the food was amazing and the different sauces are to die for. The pasta is great to and so is the desert! i recommend this place for anyone looking for a great place for dinner. yes its a little pricey but totally worth it

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★★★☆☆

This restaurant has excellent food. the food was amazing and the different sauces are to die for. The pasta is great to and so is the desert! i recommend this place for anyone looking for a great place for dinner. yes its a little pricey but totally worth it

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My girlfriend and I with another dining couple went to Shells and Sauce on a wednesday night. It was slow and service was mediocre at best. The food was not really good for Italian and I thought Italian food was easy to make. Well these guys do Italian food really bad. I mean REALLY BAD. My girlfriend works at Strings as a server and she knows pasta and wine. The server recommended a big cabarnet sauv for our first course that was $30+. It didn't go well with our apps. We placed our order for dinner and my steak came out over cooked. I asked to have it re-made which he did no problem. When it returned it was over cooked again. I brought it to his attention again and said that didn't want anything else. When he brought the check the steak was still on the bill. I asked why should I pay for a meal that not only did I not eat but they couldn't cook it right. The so-called owner came to the table and appologized for the error. I gave the server my credit card and they ran my credit card for the amount before the steak was taken off the bill. I did not relize this until later when I got home. The next day I called the restaurant and asked for the owner who had talked to me the day before. Whoever had talked to me wednesday night was not an owner and according to the girl on the phone, he doesn't even work there. WHO THE HELL IS RUNNING THIS PLACE!!! When I finally did talk to somebody important about my credit card, he was rude and just un-proffesional.

What ever you do, if you decide to go to Shells and Sauce, don't order a steak, wine or pay with a credit card.

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★☆☆☆☆

My girlfriend and I with another dining couple went to Shells and Sauce on a wednesday night. It was slow and service was mediocre at best. The food was not really good for Italian and I thought Italian food was easy to make. Well these guys do Italian food really bad. I mean REALLY BAD. My girlfriend works at Strings as a server and she knows pasta and wine. The server recommended a big cabarnet sauv for our first course that was $30+. It didn't go well with our apps. We placed our order for dinner and my steak came out over cooked. I asked to have it re-made which he did no problem. When it returned it was over cooked again. I brought it to his attention again and said that didn't want anything else. When he brought the check the steak was still on the bill. I asked why should I pay for a meal that not only did I not eat but they couldn't cook it right. The so-called owner came to the table and appologized for the error. I gave the server my credit card and they ran my credit card for the amount before the steak was taken off the bill. I did not relize this until later when I got home. The next day I called the restaurant and asked for the owner who had talked to me the day before. Whoever had talked to me wednesday night was not an owner and according to the girl on the phone, he doesn't even work there. WHO THE HELL IS RUNNING THIS PLACE!!! When I finally did talk to somebody important about my credit card, he was rude and just un-proffesional.

What ever you do, if you decide to go to Shells and Sauce, don't order a steak, wine or pay with a credit card.

Pros: Not a damn thing!

Cons: Service, Food, and Management (owners)

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i have heard of this italian restaurant in the neighborhoood.i got excited cause we luv italian food and we live in congress park.anyways we went on a thursday see whats the hype all about.we tried the capresse
salad with fresh tomatoes and basil with fresh mozzarella for an appetizer then for dinner i had the vealchop piccata came with saute spinach yum melted in your mouth.our waiter
was very friendly and knew the menu anyways my gf had the stuff shells she luved it .both had a few glasses of wine.the only thing this cozy little spot always packed a little noisy but we didnt care.we had a great time then j.c our waiter reccomended the homemade creamy tirimisu best dessert we had .
cant wait to try there other dishes bravisimmo

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★★★★★

i have heard of this italian restaurant in the neighborhoood.i got excited cause we luv italian food and we live in congress park.anyways we went on a thursday see whats the hype all about.we tried the capresse
salad with fresh tomatoes and basil with fresh mozzarella for an appetizer then for dinner i had the vealchop piccata came with saute spinach yum melted in your mouth.our waiter
was very friendly and knew the menu anyways my gf had the stuff shells she luved it .both had a few glasses of wine.the only thing this cozy little spot always packed a little noisy but we didnt care.we had a great time then j.c our waiter reccomended the homemade creamy tirimisu best dessert we had .
cant wait to try there other dishes bravisimmo

Pros: great food

Cons: a little noisy

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I've eaten at Shells and Sauce several times and it have never disappointed. Too often I feel like people only write reviews when something negative happens or when they aren't satisfied. I would recommend to anyone who enjoys good Italian food by a locally owned restaurant to give it a least a try. Each time is as wonderful as the first. I highly recomened the lasagna.

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★★★★★

I've eaten at Shells and Sauce several times and it have never disappointed. Too often I feel like people only write reviews when something negative happens or when they aren't satisfied. I would recommend to anyone who enjoys good Italian food by a locally owned restaurant to give it a least a try. Each time is as wonderful as the first. I highly recomened the lasagna.

Pros: Patio, great neighborhhod, parking in back, great food

Cons: sometimes run out of lasagna

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This was my second time at Shells and Sauce. The first time was delicious and I had a good server. This wasn't the case last weekend. The service was AWFUL. I ordered the carbonara brunch dish and asked to substitute the bacon for portabello mushrooms. I was given ordinary button mushrooms and charged an additional dollar. My asparagus was nearly raw. Not worth it.

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★★☆☆☆

This was my second time at Shells and Sauce. The first time was delicious and I had a good server. This wasn't the case last weekend. The service was AWFUL. I ordered the carbonara brunch dish and asked to substitute the bacon for portabello mushrooms. I was given ordinary button mushrooms and charged an additional dollar. My asparagus was nearly raw. Not worth it.

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We stumbled upon this place about eight months ago. It's been one of our favorite places in Denver - great location, quaint atmosphere, etc. But lately, the service has just gone to hell. Last night probably drove us away forever - they let someone else have our reservation even though we were on time. The older man at the front was just obstinate and rude about it, as though it was our fault. We've had issues with him before, but the food was always worth his somewhat surly "greeting." But, unfortunately, last night was the last straw. I hope to read future reviews saying the service has improved. Until then, we'll go back to Portege.

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★★☆☆☆

We stumbled upon this place about eight months ago. It's been one of our favorite places in Denver - great location, quaint atmosphere, etc. But lately, the service has just gone to hell. Last night probably drove us away forever - they let someone else have our reservation even though we were on time. The older man at the front was just obstinate and rude about it, as though it was our fault. We've had issues with him before, but the food was always worth his somewhat surly "greeting." But, unfortunately, last night was the last straw. I hope to read future reviews saying the service has improved. Until then, we'll go back to Portege.

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This is my new favorite spot for brunch on the weekends, can't wait to sit on the patio as the weather gets warmer. Love the food, great people, kudos to our waiter Brady he's the best!

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★★★★★

This is my new favorite spot for brunch on the weekends, can't wait to sit on the patio as the weather gets warmer. Love the food, great people, kudos to our waiter Brady he's the best!

Pros: Great brunch menu

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Live in the neighboehood and watched it being remodeled and couldn't be happier with the job the owners have done. after being named one of denver's top 20 restaurants under $30 in 5280 we finally made it in and we were not disappointed. the food was wonderful as was the service. we will definitely be back.

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★★★★★

Live in the neighboehood and watched it being remodeled and couldn't be happier with the job the owners have done. after being named one of denver's top 20 restaurants under $30 in 5280 we finally made it in and we were not disappointed. the food was wonderful as was the service. we will definitely be back.

Pros: Great neighborhhod place

Cons: does get crowded around 7 come early or late

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I'm so sorry to say we can't recommend Shells and Sauce. We live close by in the neighborhood and were so excited to see the restaurant go in. But my husband and I have a strict "three strikes' policy about where we spend out dining out dollars, and we will not be going back. Each of the three times we've been there, the service is slow and sloppy: we didn't get menus, it took 10 minutes for anyone to take a drink order and 10 minutes more to actually get the drinks, then we had to flag someone down to take our check.

I'm also sorry to say the food has never lived up to expectations. We have sampled the lasagna which was oversauced and underflavored, the cioppino which was a chunky sauce with overcooked shells, the Italian eggs benedict had bland, tasteless tomatoes and chewy, impossible-to-cut prosciutto, the lobster ravioli was covered in a tasteless too-cheesy sauce, and finally the whole wheat penne with shrimp, was dripping in too much olive oil and overcooked shrimp. And not that it's a deal either: our bill last night with 3 entrees, two salads and two glasses of wine was $69.50: enough to make me regret spending our dining out budget on a completely lackluster meal.

Each time we've come away thinking that we would love to have a wonderful little neighborhood bistro where we could have a glass of wine on the patio and a quick bite to eat. I'm sorry to say Shells and Sauce will not be getting any more of our business. There are many other places nearby that do a much better job for much less money.

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★☆☆☆☆

I'm so sorry to say we can't recommend Shells and Sauce. We live close by in the neighborhood and were so excited to see the restaurant go in. But my husband and I have a strict "three strikes' policy about where we spend out dining out dollars, and we will not be going back. Each of the three times we've been there, the service is slow and sloppy: we didn't get menus, it took 10 minutes for anyone to take a drink order and 10 minutes more to actually get the drinks, then we had to flag someone down to take our check.

I'm also sorry to say the food has never lived up to expectations. We have sampled the lasagna which was oversauced and underflavored, the cioppino which was a chunky sauce with overcooked shells, the Italian eggs benedict had bland, tasteless tomatoes and chewy, impossible-to-cut prosciutto, the lobster ravioli was covered in a tasteless too-cheesy sauce, and finally the whole wheat penne with shrimp, was dripping in too much olive oil and overcooked shrimp. And not that it's a deal either: our bill last night with 3 entrees, two salads and two glasses of wine was $69.50: enough to make me regret spending our dining out budget on a completely lackluster meal.

Each time we've come away thinking that we would love to have a wonderful little neighborhood bistro where we could have a glass of wine on the patio and a quick bite to eat. I'm sorry to say Shells and Sauce will not be getting any more of our business. There are many other places nearby that do a much better job for much less money.

Pros: Wonderful neighborhood location

Cons: Poor food and service and too expensive

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After reading several reviews, 5280 & Gabby Gourmet, we took a 15 minute drive to check out the "neighborhood" "cozy Italian spot" Unfortunately we were not greeted with friendly service, as a matter of fact when I asked the server a couple of questions, he became preoccupied with another table and actually walked away in the middle of what I thought was a conversation. Our fried calamari had never been drained and was sitting in a puddle of oil. We should have left, but we stayed on for the caesar salad with missing croutons and cheap pre-grated parmesan cheese and then the grand finale of lasagna with overly sweet sauce but definately the best thing we had. Service was really awkward and we would have complained if it appeared that anyone was interested, but they weren't. Big Bummer!

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★★☆☆☆

After reading several reviews, 5280 & Gabby Gourmet, we took a 15 minute drive to check out the "neighborhood" "cozy Italian spot" Unfortunately we were not greeted with friendly service, as a matter of fact when I asked the server a couple of questions, he became preoccupied with another table and actually walked away in the middle of what I thought was a conversation. Our fried calamari had never been drained and was sitting in a puddle of oil. We should have left, but we stayed on for the caesar salad with missing croutons and cheap pre-grated parmesan cheese and then the grand finale of lasagna with overly sweet sauce but definately the best thing we had. Service was really awkward and we would have complained if it appeared that anyone was interested, but they weren't. Big Bummer!

Pros: value priced menu, cute idea and format

Cons: poorly executed, at least the night we were there!

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I stopped by one evening after work with some friends for dinner, and had the Ravioli dinner (tasty and filling). Their bread was fantastic and had to ask for some more! Im glad I saved room for dessert because the Carrot Cake was one of the tastiest I have ever had. I decided I had to try Brunch, and was just as pleased, the french toast was delicious and my friend had the Panini which was also fabulous. The waitstaff was very attentive and friendly. This spot is definitely one of my new neighborhood hangouts!

Ciao

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★★★★★

I stopped by one evening after work with some friends for dinner, and had the Ravioli dinner (tasty and filling). Their bread was fantastic and had to ask for some more! Im glad I saved room for dessert because the Carrot Cake was one of the tastiest I have ever had. I decided I had to try Brunch, and was just as pleased, the french toast was delicious and my friend had the Panini which was also fabulous. The waitstaff was very attentive and friendly. This spot is definitely one of my new neighborhood hangouts!

Ciao

Pros: Tasty, authentic, affordable

Cons: cant wait for the patio to be open

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My husband I & visited this great new Italian restaurant to celebrate my birthday and I just have to rave about this establishment! We saw an article in 5280 so we decided to try it and out and we are so happy we did! ! My husband ordered the steak and I can honestly say it was the best steak I ever tasted! I ordered the chicken picatta and the sauce was to die for! We had the chocolate cake for dessert and it was fabulous also. Great wine, good food, great service just an all around cute neighborhood restaurant. Tip make reservations if you can this place was busy on a Thursday night. Kudos to the owner!

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★★★★★

My husband I & visited this great new Italian restaurant to celebrate my birthday and I just have to rave about this establishment! We saw an article in 5280 so we decided to try it and out and we are so happy we did! ! My husband ordered the steak and I can honestly say it was the best steak I ever tasted! I ordered the chicken picatta and the sauce was to die for! We had the chocolate cake for dessert and it was fabulous also. Great wine, good food, great service just an all around cute neighborhood restaurant. Tip make reservations if you can this place was busy on a Thursday night. Kudos to the owner!

Pros: friendly, great food, nice wine list

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When Mrs Foodsnob and I walked in here the other night, I was amazed and surprised to see my old neighborhood friend and Breakfast Guru, Alex Pappas hosting. Seems his son calls the shots at this new spot just a few doors from where Alex held court serving breakfast to this neighborhood.....Zorba's....for years.
Although new and a tad rough around the edges, we found this spot very good, afordable and very comfortable. I almost kept it a secret, but.... you need to know, because this little hidden spot will be a treasure by summer.
Mrs FS had the pasta with panchetta and sun dried tomatoes while I enjoyed the penne with white vodka sauce. both where creamy and rich and enough to bring home for a saturday afternoon snack. We both had the soup..... it could use a tad more imagination, but as time goes on, this food family will get better and better. As we are suckers for bread pudding, the blueberry bread pudding was dense, loaded with fruit and topped with a light creamy sauce.............. not too thick and just right sweet.
The service was very attentive, educated and friendly. Perfect.
I look forward to sitting on the patio and making this a five star by June...... so keep up the good work!
Try this spot just a little before five, before the crowd rushes in........

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★★★★☆

When Mrs Foodsnob and I walked in here the other night, I was amazed and surprised to see my old neighborhood friend and Breakfast Guru, Alex Pappas hosting. Seems his son calls the shots at this new spot just a few doors from where Alex held court serving breakfast to this neighborhood.....Zorba's....for years.
Although new and a tad rough around the edges, we found this spot very good, afordable and very comfortable. I almost kept it a secret, but.... you need to know, because this little hidden spot will be a treasure by summer.
Mrs FS had the pasta with panchetta and sun dried tomatoes while I enjoyed the penne with white vodka sauce. both where creamy and rich and enough to bring home for a saturday afternoon snack. We both had the soup..... it could use a tad more imagination, but as time goes on, this food family will get better and better. As we are suckers for bread pudding, the blueberry bread pudding was dense, loaded with fruit and topped with a light creamy sauce.............. not too thick and just right sweet.
The service was very attentive, educated and friendly. Perfect.
I look forward to sitting on the patio and making this a five star by June...... so keep up the good work!
Try this spot just a little before five, before the crowd rushes in........

Pros: comfortable, quiet, new

Cons: ........nothing, yet

 

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