Es enjoys pretty good, and generally consistent, reviews online, and I have it on good authority that the dining experience on the main floor is enjoyable. On this particular visit we ended up seated outside on the small terrace in front of the restaurant, huddled under a gas heater willing ourselves to be warm. The staff were pleasant, the open kitchen with pizza kiln to the rear of the terrace a nice touch, and the food reasonable in terms of both quality and price.
The lunch menu provided all the Italian staples, and baskets of bread helped fill the corners. The tuna salad was about as dull as they come, but the corn and potato soup and prosciutto-topped margherita made up for it. Although no longer on the menu, my dining partner mentioned to the staff that she’d once enjoyed a cheese risotto there and had hoped to repeat the experience; the request was speedily accommodated, but the risotto didn’t live up to expectations.
Obviously better visited once the weather improves if dining al fresco, but I’m curious to try the restaurant proper of an evening.
Tuna salad - dull, limp, uninspired
Corn and potato soup - smooth and creamy
Bread and olive oil - a simple pleasure, and replenished if asked for
Cheese risotto - somewhat bland
Margherita topped with prosciutto - moreish