The good news is that they are. The interior, though not huge, isn't cramped either, though it was a little noisy. The back room where we sat had its walls painted with color and subject matter that gave the room a distinct "cruise ship" vibe. There's outdoor dining too, but the evening was a little nippy for that.
There's a nice assortment of standard mid-range Italian appetizers, all priced in the $6-$10 range. I went for the grilled squid, which was wonderfully tender and flavorful, though I would have liked a little less lemon/oil/squid juice dressing sitting beneath it. Lauren's endive salad with apples, walnuts and gorgonzola sported an interesting cross-cut endive technique and was otherwise light and refreshing.
My entree was the papardelle with rabbit. The pasta was great and the red wine sauce was nice; the rabbit lacked a little bit of character, as it was all cut up into small pale chunks that didn't taste too far off from chicken. Overall I'm not complaining, especially for a pretty reasonable $15. Lauren got the Squid Ink Pappardelle with shellfish. The pasta was freshly made and excellent, although the shrimp and scallops a wee bit overcooked.
My mother-in-law ordered the namesake fish, and though I didn't get a chance to taste it, I will say that it was filleted tableside in a most precise manner.
So add Branzino to the list of worth-a-visit Italian BYOs in this city. Though your socks will not be knocked off, it's a reliable, reasonably-priced standby for your dining out rotation.