WARM & HOMELY
The fare here is standard Italian with a varied selection of pizza, pasta, meat and fish dishes. Three of us dined and we started with a shared serve of bruschetta. It comprised four smallish pieces with lashings of ripe tomatoes and parsley and smothered in olive oil. For mains we choose two pasta dishes – one from the specials menu – and a vegetarian pizza. No complaints about any of that; it was all fresh and tasty and brought to the table direct from the oven: piping hot and steaming; perfect for a chilly eve. My salmon and avocado fettuccini was creamy with succulent pieces of salmon. The veg pizza was a winner too, with its thin base and loaded up with all those crispy ingredients. We ended with a shared tiramisu which was rich and sweet, but a bit too small for three people.
Service from our pretty waitress was friendly, efficient and helpful. Our booked table was in a suitable spot in the middle of the restaurant and was ready and waiting for us when we arrived. Orders were quickly taken and drinks and food came out promptly and in the right order. One gets the impression that this is family restaurant with mom being the manager, dad running the kitchen and daughter doing the waitressing. So when you walk into this place you'll be warmly greeted and made to feel welcome. And the whole show hums like a well-oiled machine - the result, one imagines, of many years of experience in this industry.
The restaurant itself is small but it’s been tastefully decorated in warm ochre and red colours with quaint wooden furniture. That gives it a warm, homely atmosphere despite being on such a busy road. We were comfortable and relaxed throughout our meal. Acoustics were fine, maybe that was because the place was only about half full. Menu is well laid out and easy to read in the strong lighting. Toilets are outside the restaurant in the commercial part of the building, requiring you to grab a key and go up a short flight of stairs. They were clean but had no hand towels or even a dryer.
With our Ent Bk discount of 25% (up to max $30) we paid a modest $80 (including a small tip), which given the quality of the overall dining experience was solid value for money. Just be aware that if you book through Dimmi, they may not accept your Ent Bk voucher.
You'll find Red Zucchini on Military Road, across from the Hayden Orpheum cinema. Parking is always a problem, but this time we were lucky to get something in nearby Parraween Rd.