If I had to make up a word to describe Eva's European Sweets and Polish Restaurant, it would be "awe-thentic."
For years I'd heard people speak about Eva's, the Polish place over in Syracuse's Far West End (or was it in Solvay?) Either place it is on Milton Avenue. People would always say good things, but somehow in my mind I just thought it must be a decent little hole in the wall with some Polish-American house specialties that I could enjoy more at someone's home, and left it at that. I had even driven by and admired the signage painted on the building and the corner-store like location. But I thought; what I really, really want when I go out, is simple-complex food made with great ingredients for a fair price -- and I want this to be in a clean and comfortable environment with some charming, smart service. Is this too much to ask?
So, last Saturday night after my first visit to China Town Furniture, which btw has some nice stuff, we wandered over to Eva's. After parking on the street right out in front, I climbed a few stairs up the stoop and walked into one of the most refreshing spaces I've encountered in a long time. There is an obvious area where you are greeted, and where, I think, one can easily place a take out order.
The front room is light and airy with a pastry case filled with homemade cakes and tarts. The place is utterly charming (I mean seriously) with stencils and Polish souvenirs and folk art. The colors are a combination of warm and bright and soothing, which is pretty hard to do.
There are three dining rooms, and, I noticed that the back dining room's ceiling had flecks of sparkle in it. Outside it was March in Syracuse with all its dirty gray galore, yet inside Eva's; Easter was coming with all the hope that season embodies.