My family and I happened upon Opus when we moved to the neighborhood in the Fall of 2008. We appreciate good ccoking, and cook at home, but had been looking for restaurants suitable for our five-year-old son, who loves to eat out but requires a wheat-free and gluten-free diet.
Rather than being a specialty restaurant with options for people without dietary restrictions, Opus deserves recognition even apart from the gluten-free feature. It is, at its core, a very good restaurant that also offers high-quality gluten-free options for many of the items on the menu.
We have covered much of that menu in our visits. Chef Giuseppe Lentini clearly understands the point of good Italian cooking. Everything we have ordered has been well-executed and flavorful. Pastas, which our son favors, are available in regular wheat or gluten-free varieties, and are avaliable with meat, fish, and vegetable-based sauces, all very good. The gluten-free pizzas are also well worth ordering. Meat and fish dishes are consistently very good, and the fava bean and chicory soup is memorable.
Straight-ahead, honest cooking, good ingredients, and very few wrong notes have kept us going back to Opus each week. The staff are attentive, from the warm greeting from Enzo Lentini to the table service, and Giuseppe tours the dining room regularly to check on the customers. The overall atmosphere is casual and relaxed, but grown-up.
We give Opus very high marks all around.