The restaurant, located at 436 Main St. and officially named Chianti's Ristorante Italian, is packed with customers on most evenings and at lunchtime during much of the week.
Owned and operated by Al Mancini and Masood Kabriri, it offers genuine Italian recipes including Carpaccio Salmone, which is finely sliced smoked salmon topped with mozzarella cheese, capers, red onions and fresh tomatoes. The menu includes baby Manila clams, sauteed prawns, sauteed chicken, veal and port ranging in price from $10 for lunch to $16-$20 for dinner.
"We dug in our heels and opened for business two years ago in a very tough economy, and our food and service had such wide appeal that we quickly ran out of space," said Mancini. "Not a bad problem to have."
The restaurant can seat 445 patrons inside and another 20 or so outside. Chianti's is open every day from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.