Local restaurant serves up bowls of Italy

This past weekend a small group of friends and I decided to try out a popular local Italian restaurant called Trattoria Tiramisu. For the time being, Trattoria Tiramisu is not conveniently located. Sitting on State Street in the center of seemingly endless and ever changing I-74 bridge and road construction, it took 20 minutes to drive from Bettendorf High School to the restaurant less than three miles away.

We arrived to the restaurant at 7 p.m., the parking lot in front of the restaurant was completely full. There is an additional parking lot on the side of the building. The available and potential parking space is plentiful, especially for a building of that size. The exterior of the restaurant is simple and cute, with entrances in both the front and back. The interior of the restaurant is dimly lit with low hanging lamps, tables dressed with red and white plaid cloth, giving the restaurant a very authentic Italian feel. There is an aroma of fresh basil and herbs throughout the open booth filled room.

We were seated quickly as we had reserved a table in advance, while others without reservations had to wait up to an hour for a seat. The restaurant offers complimentary baskets of bread to each table, along with olive oil and grated parmesan cheese. The bread is soft, warm, and fresh. It is a wonderful appetizer before the meals, and the baskets are unlimited. There are not many different item categories on the dinner menu, it’s quite limited. There is an array of meat dishes, assorted pastas, soups, and salads.

The waitress was extremely welcoming and friendly despite the very busy restaurant full of teenage