With the opening of Trattoria Giuseppe in Edgmont, it had been years since I last visited Fellini's. I had faint memories of going there years ago and being packed in like sardines. Needless to say, it's close to home, and we had an hour to kill before picking up the kids, so we took our chances on a Friday night without a reservation and got right in. I was happily surprised to see that the tables were not nearly as close together as I remembered. It was still pretty early, so we got a prime seat and our server came over and opened our wine right away. That's one great thing about Fellini's---it's a BYOB. Another, is that it is very affordable. The server brought us our complementary Bruschetta: a traditional topping of Roma tomatoes, fresh basil and extra-virgin olive oil served on freshly toasted Italian bread with fresh shaved Parmesan cheese. The waiter also brought out some bread and butter and we sipped our wine while we waited for our salads to come out. At Fellini's, what you see is what you get. There are no surprises, no seasonal menu changes. Just good old Italian food. It's certainly not gourmet, but it gets the job done. I ordered the Insalata Fellini--the salad special of the day, because it was loaded up with vegetables: Asparagus, artichokes, roasted red peppers, and romaine lettuce with a creamy balsamic vinaigrette on top. The salad was quite tasty. My entree was my usual go-to choice--Number 37, the
Pasta Puttanesca: Tomato, garlic, capers, olives, anchovy, hot peppers. The Puttanesca did not disappoint. Yes, Fellini's still has the all white-pasta, and the all-white bread with butter (oh, the horror!) but for a two course meal for two and less than $50, I won't complain.