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230 10th St. NE (Piedmont Ave.) Send to Phone
Midtown finally gets a classic, checkered tablecloth kind of Italian-American spot that makes family and group dining a not-too-expensive, yet tasty, experience. The combination should enable a success story, finally, in a location that has seen several establishments come and go.

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Santino di Roma Restaurant Review

: The two-level establishment has a bar on each level, with private party space available on the upper deck when not being used by regular customers. The large windows welcome street views, and from the upstairs balcony, a sweeping view of the heart of Midtown brings energy and urban chic into the dining experience. Portions are huge, in keeping with the group-style dining that the place fosters, but solo suppers can be managed. Even half orders, though, are generous. Check out the daily soups, a cup of which will only cost you $1.95, but the cup must be one that Gulliver used. The excellent veal-and-mushroom cannelloni yields three large cannelloni in a light tomato sauce. Steaks, pizzas, seafood and chicken dishes run through the classics of Italian-American cooking: saltimbocca this and Parmigiana that, plus Marsala. Chef Khoi Phan, normally on duty at one of owner Dee Grimes other restaurants (Cherry), governs at Santino’s. We’d like to see a better bread, but meanwhile ask to have it toasted so it has a bit of flavor. And we think the tiramisu needs a flavor pick-up, too. But overall, there’s a lot of value for the dining dollar here.


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