We had an opportunity to try out La Piazza for dinner Saturday evening. Our expectations weren't the highest, having tried and been disappointed by the Chocolate Cafe. Upon our arrival, however, we began to think this would be an altogether different experience. For one, the parking lot was much fuller than it had been on our previous visit to the locale. Stepping inside, we noticed a wonderful display of hand-glazed pottery on the shelves to our left, and ahead, the church's old pulpit was cleverly being used as the hostess station.
After a brief wait for the hostess to return from seating diners than had arrived just ahead of us, we were led to a booth in the corner of the dining room. Both high chairs and booster seats are available for children; our six-month-old got a high chair, but a booster seat wasn't necessary for our three-year-old.
The dining room is nicely decorated, using the old church windows well for a warm, open feel. The table had a tan linen tablecloth, a floating candle as a centerpiece, and a small carafe of olive oil in addition to the salt and pepper shakers. It felt like a good place to have a nice night out without being uncomfortably formal. The menu has a half page of appetizers, a half page of pizza appetizers, a page of soup and salads, three pages of entrees, as well as a list of kids' entrees, desserts, and beverages.
For our main courses, we ordered the pasta carbonara, which includes a salad and bread, and a seared ahi tuna salad. Our son got mini hamburgers with cheese and fries. The entrees arrived in a reasonable period of time, and our first impression was the sheer quantity of food our son received in his $5 dish: three large hamburger sliders and a generous side of frees. Ketchup for his fries was served in a small bowl, which was a nice touch of class above the expected tableside bottle.
|Seared Ahi-Tuna Salad|
The full brunt of the dinner rush had hit by this point, and it was becoming evident that there were not enough waiters and waitresses to handle the load. Our waitress did not come back to check on us until after we had finished our entrees. At one point, we noticed that she was also serving a table in the opposite corner of the dining room, which seems like an inefficient use of personnel.
Overall, La Piazza is a great new restaurant. The entrees were reasonably priced at $10-18. The food is high quality and the locale is warm and welcoming. Once some additional staff is hired to handle the bustling dining room, La Piazza will be a truly wonderful place to celebrate a nice night out.