This is a very cozy, homey italian restaurant. The food is really good, the service is fine. If you really read the menu, you'll see it was written by someone with a sense of humor (just cute little jokes here and there--entertaining). I really like the atmosphere, really warm and inviting, a lot of red and wood tones.
We had a meal here and the word that best fits our experience was lackluster. It was just okay, or maybe even a step below that. The food took forever to arrive, and it was just okay when it finally did. It was lukewarm. For the moderate amount of money we spent, we would've been happier going to Friendly's or getting a pizza.
I love this place. The food is good, the wait staff is friendly and efficient, and for those of you who like to sample local brews, they have a nice selection. It's a little pricey--definitely a nice night out. Even the kids like it--they have really good chicken nuggets. It's not so fancy that you can't bring the kids--it's very laid back, but good.
My son has taken keyboard lessons here for almost two years now, and we are very pleased. He loves it. He's had two teachers, and they were both very good. There's a comfortable lounge area in which to wait for your kid while he/she takes his lesson. They have a recital in the spring, which my son loved and was quite excited about. They also sell musical instruments, and they seem to know what they are talking about.
A wide variety of fitness classes offered at various times throughout the day make it easy to find the perfect class for you. If you're not into group exersise classes, they also have plenty of treadmills (all new!), elipticals, bikes, stair climbers, etc. They also have a great variety of weight machines and free weights, and they offer babysitting! The staff is friendly, and tries to greet everyone by name, making you feel welcome.
A warm, welcoming environment and friendly, helpful instructors make NEMA the perfect place for a beginning student to learn karate. Sensei Serwecki is excellent with the kids, taking time with each one. Also, he stresses that fighting is a last resort, which is important for kids to realize. I confess--I'm a black belt there, but really, I wouldn't have stayed there so long if I didn't believe in what they're doing, and the instruction and the people weren't so terrific!
There are actually three locations of Competitive Edge, but I most frequently go to the one in East Longmeadow. They are friendly, helpful, and go out of their way to help a customer. They have made many adjustments on my bike for free, and always recommend what they believe is the best option for you--not necessarily the one that will earn them the highest profit. They have a great selection of bikes and ski equipment. It's definitely worth the drive.
Fast feet is just fantastic for people who run, walk, hike, etc. They know their stuff and will recommend running shoes that are perfect for your feet. Runners know that wearing the wrong type of running shoes results in pain! All the shoes I've gotten at Fast Feet have been excellent (there's another store in West Springfield). They are a little expensive, but quality running/walking shoes are definitley worth it.