After a disappointing attempt at another restaurant (previous review), we walked down Granby and were lucky enough to score a last-minute table here.
The friendly staff gave us a choice of inside/outside, and we opted for the AC. We were in the bar area, but the bar itself and TV is separated by a nice water wall, so you don't feel like you're in a bar. We opted for a booth, which is generously sized with high backs that provide privacy.
We started with the EXCELLENT house Negronis, with a shared (plenty for two) appetizer of lusciously crispy, tender baby calamari that came with zesty peppers and a marinara sauce for dipping.
I can't say enough about how pleasant our waitress was (cursing myself for forgetting her name, but mid-length wavy highlighted hair). We let her know we were there for a leisurely meal, and she was absolutely fine with that, never rushing us.
The waitress was unfazed when we neglected to order salads before the meal, then wanted them at the last minute. She communicated with the kitchen to wait on our entrees, so the timing of everything remained perfect. Impressive.
The special beet salad was a wonderful, creamy cool concoction that delighted the palate without spoiling our appetites.
The wine service was professional. My ribeye was perfectly done and served with whipped garlic potatoes that deserve a better description than that. Let's just say my mouth is watering as I type this. Spears of fresh, perfectly cooked asparagus rounded out the dish nicely.
My friend had the duck breast, which he polished off, but I was having such a good conversation I forgot to ask him details about his food. The empty plate spoke for itself.
We lingered a bit with our wine, simply too full to try the dessert. We'll save that for next time.
Delighted to find my go-to restaurant for a fine meal in Norfolk. The bar selection is excellent. My first visit I had one of their delicious Old Fashioneds. A nice bourbon selection.
This is the second excellent meal I've had here, and I intend to make Leone's a regular stop.
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