I always enjoy myself when I go to 'inoteca because the environment is relaxed without being a boring place to eat out. I love the way the interior has been designed - I always try to sit in the Cantina because it's so different. The best part about 'inoteca is how thoughtfully the menu has been put together - I was pleasantly surprised by the lasagnette because it tasted better than most classic lasagnas I've eaten. In terms of wine, what Joe Denton says in the video about being comfortable with the wine list is true; you really get the sense that they simply want to present you with a wide variety of wines for your enjoyment, not just to impress people with their list - it's about making new wines available to you that you wouldn't normally try or find anywhere else.
i rarely repeat restaurants, but i've eaten here at least 30 times, mostly around 2:30am. good crowd, excellent space, nice bar and a remodeled subterranean dining area. polpette, gamberoni, polenta, prosciutto pesto panino and truffle egg toast with bottarga are must-try dishes. the food quality and service are consistently excellent and the check is always reasonable. the servers are great at narrowing down the extensive wine list for the table. some excellent reds in the $35-45 range.