Once you get past the fact that this restaurant is in an upscale fashion mall and nowhere near our real Little Italy, youre likely to enjoy the elegant, 1950s-style decor and the big menu of well-prepared southern Italian standards served in oversized portions just right for sharing. Private parties, banquets, and corporate events are other house specialties.
We've seen hallways bigger than this tiny Italian restaurant, but the intimate ambiance and robust food are ample compensation for the lack of elbow room. The small menu has the usual pasta, chicken, and veal dishes, all well-prepared and flavorful. And the hand-tossed, stone-baked pizzas are notable for their crisp, almost wafer-thin crusts. Impressive all-Italian wine list.
Owner, namesake, and painstaking chef Marta Runza works magic on her Eastern-European repertoire, turning out succulent, slow-cooked sauerbraten, ephemeral Czech dumplings, and the best roast duck of any nationality in town. And while the tiny dining room and bar are no more glam than Granny's rec room, the friendly Old World charm is priceless. Try the bar's unusual Czech specialties.
The Mayfield Country Club is a traditional, private-membership club, dedicated to maintaining its reputation as a superior family club providing for the social and recreational needs of its members through excellence in service and facilities. It exemplifies the tradition of an old course in the modern-day era of overuse. Gem that it is, it's a haven for good golfers and up-and-coming juniors.
The club includes 12 well-lit indoor tennis courts and two squash courts. You'll enjoy a large pro shop stocked with a wide variety of tennis clothing, shoes, and bags. It also provides professional racquet stringing.
Expect Cambodian & Thai favorites like pad thai, fish dishes, and vegetarian friendly chop. A comfortable dining room that invites the sated to lounge a little too long.
Michael Urbas’ low-keyed “neighborhood place and more” features American-style lunches, dinners, and late-night dining. The steaks, ribs and deli sandwiches will keep you healthy, but the chili will keep you sane.
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