From the reviews and restaurant website, Etna came across as a homely, cosy, unpretentious restaurant dedicated to serving good, italian cuisine. And lived up to expectations it did with a cosy and comfortable set-up along Duxton road, amongst the rather eclectic mix of F&B outlets, hotels and some seemingly dubious joints.
The very extensive menu with a selection of Sicilian specialties sent taste buds into over-drive around the table. Sicilian food apparently is characterised by the presence of pistachio in the dish, so explained by the restaurant owner who warmly made recommendations on their house specials.
After much deliberation. everyone finally settled down with their choice for the night, from salads to soups, pizzas to pastas, meats and more across the table.
Portion sizes were generous with salads and starters enough for 2 persons. To start, I had a mixed salad with tuna chunks which was well tossed, full of flavour and refreshing. The tuna chunks were a tad salty but i think that was what gave it enough flavour and set it apart from most salads I've had. The mushroom soup was given the thumbs-up along with Caesar salads which were chowed down with palatable appreciation.
The wonderul flavours continued through as the main were served while we were still savouring the remnants of our starters. Thin crust pizzas came in both tomato and white (cream) - based version, big enough for 2 as well. Pasta lovers slurped up their dinner with glee while the carnivores carved and chowed on juicy pieces of bovine delight and rack of lamb.
While we're all happy with dinner, I can't help but notice the service being eager yet lacking in attention to detail. Table settings fell short by a set despite us having made reservation for our group. Menus were not presented to us when were all settled in and we had to request for them. Our bday cake was presented without a knife to cut it. We had to ask for side plates and again for forks thereafter. Our service staff was certainly pleasant and tried her best to make us feel at home and I could not fault her for that at all. She was quick to respond to every request but failed to anticipate our needs. That would be what set good service apart from Great service.