Paolo, a formally trained chef from Florence, Italy, puts heart into all the dishes he prepares.
Seeking something hearty and filling, I got the Polpettone con Patate alla Contadina ($8): Meatloaf in a red sauce of soffritto and tomato, with a side of slow-cooked country-style saucy and herbed potatoes.
The meal came with three slices of homemade Tuscan-style bread. Soft on the inside and firm on the outside. It's a great way to scoop up the last bits of amazing sauce after devouring the meatloaf.
Other dishes have included Pappardelle with Wild Boar Sauce ($8); Ribollita ($5, vegetarian bean soup); and Crespelle alla Fiorentina ($8, crepes stuffed with spinach and ricotta, topped with a bechamel-tomato sauce).