A lot of folks have been inquiring about this restaurant, so I'll give a quick review of my takeout lunch experience.
18 Highland Circle
w: www.spigaitaliana.com (doesn't work yet
I give this restaurant a:
Location & Atmopshere:
The location is tough and hard to get in and out of; especially from 12:30pm-1:30pm. There is plenty of parking once you get behind the carpet shop.
Very clean and tidy outside with an pleasant outdoor atmosphere. They have a few tables on the patio, which were all filled by stay-at-home moms. Once you get inside, it opens up nicely. You order at the counter and it gets delivered to your table. The place is decorated with italian flare; paintings with heavy brushstrokes and deep warmly painted walls. Very clean inside. Almost spotless.
Staff was all male. They were pleasant enough, nothing to dote about. I didn't have table service, so I can't comment on that. I did observe a woman who had to come back in the restaurant to get a glass of water.
They have a pretty limited menu made up of four groups: salad, pizza, panini, and pasta. I ordered some raviolis which were delicious. The portion was hearty enough for lunch, but maybe throw a couple more in for dinner. My coworker ordered, "Amatriciana", which is penne sauteed with onion, home-made smoked pancetta, in a red wine plum tomato sauce. He said the pasta was a little overdone, but the sauce was unbelievable. Portion was enough for lunch.
I heard, from another reviewer, that the pizza and panini's were fantastic. I saw a pizza coming out of the oven and wanted a slice bad. I overheard a cook saying that their cheese is homemade. I wondered if they had their own cows?
-They didn't give us any bread for takeout. I wished they did, as it would of complemented by raviolis perfectly. (Probably my biggest gripe.)
-No white/cream sauce entrees. So if you are looking for alfredo, etc., this is not your place. All dishes are primarily tomato based.
-They have a small 5 stool bar with beer/wine offerings.
-Fantastic looking desert offerings. All homemade.
-Full coffee menu with all the espresso/cappuccino/lattes/etc. I was almost enticed into getting an iced mocha for $4.50.
-They have gelato.
Overall, nice, small italian place with an "everything homemade" motif. I don't get to experience the true Spiga, until I sit down for dinner. When I go back, I will post a more comprehensive dinner review.
To be a nice guy and a good reviewer, I've scanned in and uploaded their lunch menu. It is attached. :)