I’m still surprised at how many people don’t actually know where this place is. When I mention it, the response I get is “Where is that exactly?” Located on Cardinal Drive, just one block west of Ocean Drive, it’s on the first floor of the Atrium building. Parking on the island can difficult during peak hours, but not here. They don’t open till 4:30 pm, when most of the other businesses in the Atrium building are closing for the day, so they have the entire parking lot available for their customers. As you walk up to the restaurant, you enter into a courtyard with outdoor seating. As you head inside, you are warmly greeted by the hostess and the wonderful aroma of their freshly baked garlic knots and pizzas. The interior is decorated in a Tuscan trattoria style with burnt orange and tan walls, along with hand painted artwork by the Owner Joseph (Peppe) Amelio. The dining room is long and narrow but didn’t feel cramped at all. We took our seats and were greeted by Amedeo, Joseph’s son who runs the restaurant when his father is not there. The menu is quite extensive, with lots of great options to choose from. With summer coming up, you gotta check out all the great pre-fixe specials they will be offering in just a few short weeks!
Now let’s dive right in and see what this place has to offer and what I had to eat!