Review of Caffe Nostra: CLOSED | Capital Dining
The beginning and the end work well at Nostra. You start with a greeting that is enthusiastic, service that is warm and welcoming and an atmosphere that is homey. You end, if you like amaretto in your tiramisu, with a slab of the house recipe, along with a first class cappuccino (brewed by Caffé Nostra co-owner and uber-blond hostess Tina Fata). The room itself is perfectly agreeable. They've taken an elderly space on Preston Street and pretty much gutted it. The result is a bright and colourful dining room where sepia photos of Italian architecture hang on cream, mustard and burgundy walls and the tiled floors are covered with cherry stained tables. There's an upholstered bench the length of one wall that brings the disparate colours of the room together. I like the wall of iridescent glass tiles that fronts the semi open kitchen and bar. I like the marble counters. And despite the Preston Street construction that spews clouds of dust everywhere, I appreciate the fact that the