There seemed to be lots of buzz about this tiny downstairs restaurant. A Japanese owner and chef, an Italian menu of comforting foods. What Dieci's become since opening is a beloved spot for locals; as we ate our meal, nearly all the patrons coming in seemed like regulars and were friendly with the staff.
The space is small but we snagged window seats that allowed major people watching, albeit major stool sitting people watching. It's dark and comfy despite the minor bother of fluctuating temperatures. But who can squabble over chilliness with such great food to warm you up?
Dieci goes beyond great food–it offers an unreal early bird special. For around $25, you get a glass of wine, an appetizer, a salad, a pasta dish, and a dessert. It's a lot of food, but the portions are perfect and don't leave you over stuffed.
We couldn't say no to the deal, which is available Monday thru Thursday 6-8 pm, and decided to each get one of the two options in all categories to taste as much as we could. We started off exceptionally well, with a pate bruschette (which was Jim's favorite dish) and prosciutto-wrapped asparagus.
Next we had a refreshing apple salad with pecans that was noteworthy for its freshness and flavor, a rare feat for a salad for a carnivore like me. Our main pasta dishes were the shining star of the meal. The carbonara was think and rich where the tomato based eggplant pasta was tangy and robust. The meal ended with pear and chocolate gelato and two smiling satisfied faces.
I don't think I have come across a better deal for so much quality food before in the city. Who knows, maybe I'll end up as one of their many regulars.