Sardella’s is another local’s favorite. They love the Monday/Tuesday Special: Dinner for 2 with a bottle of wine for $32.00, that’s right $32.00 for 2 with wine!

Specials aside, this is a warm and romantic place, serving basic, but very good Northern and Southern Italian food. My favorite appetizers are the Zuppa di Vongole, Littleneck clams steamed in olive oil, clam broth, onions, garlic and white wine or the Crustini Fagioli, grilled Italian bread with shrimp, white Tuscan beans, garlic, plum tomatoes and herbs. Next I like to get an appetizer size pasta and the Pasta Bolognese does the trick. Gound beef and pork, garlic, a light fresh plum tomato sauce and fresh herbs over linguini. As an entrée, I suggest the Petti di Polo Romano, chicken breast stuffed with mozzarella and sautéed with garlic, parsley and white wine. Or, the Saltimbocca all Romana, veal medallions filled with proscuitto and sage and sautéed in a demi-glace.

The wine list, while not particularly creative, is adequate with some good choices and is very reasonably priced.

If you want some local color, ask for a front booth in the bar. In colder weather, I like the Tuscan Room or the side porch room with its candlelit tables. When it’s warm, the garden patio is delightful.