I absolutely love this place. Despite the fancy table settings and moderately expensive food, it's the least pretentious despite being in Montecito. This is definitely not the place for a starving student, but certainly is if you want to feel like a million bucks. The food was amazing. Some of the best risotto I have had in a long long while. You'd think you were paying $30-$50 per plate at this plate, but really the prices are much lower than that. The staff was very attentive and fancy, which was nice for lunch. It was pretty quiet in there despite the large family at the table nearby. I guess the place would have to be packed and the tons of people out, say a weekend night, for it to be loud. But for lunch it was great. My step mom had their burger carbless and says its the best burger she's ever had. This is definitely a fancy restaurant, pricey for the rest of us lower-middle class folk, but you get that upper upper class feel for upper middle class price. So in terms of value vs. quality, they receive 5 stars for me. Cordial, attentive customer service. Very polite, responsive and quick service. Try the risotto with mozzarella and chicken, its amazing. The fetuchinne con mare e monti was also delish as well. So if you want to blow some money on absolutely yummo food and feel its more than worth it, come here. Best part - you can go casual too.
Posted: 12/08/2008 • Link to this review