Tried it tonight. The place is a madhouse, w/ a large crowd standing outside (since the inside is VERY cramped). It’s essentially a long counter + perhaps 3-4 larger tables (enough for about 4-6 people at each). We waited about 45 min (I think).
We ordered roasted broccolini, cacio e pepe, and the ragu. The broccolini is INSANELY good (and I normally am NOT a fan). Delicate, wonderfully charred edges, and whatever dressing it was tossed in is like crack. Menu warns that the cacio e pepe is “salt forward” (no, I’m not kidding). And indeed it is. I actually wouldn’t have minded even a bit more funk, but this was delicious. The pasta is mixed and poured onto the dish right in front of you. Ragu looked incredibly boring (literally just like noodles + some ground beef on top). It was AMAZING and well-balanced (w/ the pasta being infused w/ some sort of invisible sauce).
This is one of the food times I tried to slow my eating b/c I wanted the pasta to last longer.
The food is somewhat (and surprisingly) light, although the portions aren’t small. I would say Pasta Sisters is heartier, but I also feel like the two place are TOTALLY different animals. We (me + partner) were pleasantly full but could’ve easily talked ourselves into a 3rd dish.
No tipping allowed (16% gratuity added in).
Was it worth waiting 45 min for? Yeah, I think so. But, at the same time, I can’t call it a destination (this isn’t a place designed for lingering, although wait staff is very kind). It’s just wonderfully made pasta and a few (3) side dishes. I think it’s a great addition. Maybe try it for lunch, if you’re not in the mood to wait (I overheard someone saying that he’d driven by it a few times around lunch and that it wasn’t full).
No photos b/c the plating is about as simple as can be; it’s also really dark inside.