For many expats, Annie's is an institution.
It offers pretty good Italian food and I soon found out, at decent prices.
There are four locations, and the one near me, in Lido, is upstairs. I went there the other night for a late meal after a workout at the gym.
It wasn't too busy and I was seated in a cozy booth by the window big enough for four.
The pasta menu is quite extensive, offering everything from fettucine al fredo to arrabiata, pompodoro and basic meat sauce. There's also gnocchi and ravioli.
There are also a variety of wood-fired pizzas to choose from, which I'll probably try next time.
What's great is that some of the pastas have half servings which enticed me to order a starter of a green salad, also a half portion.
It arrived doused in balsamic vinegar and olive oil, but it was fine, with tomatoes, rocket leaves, artichoke hearts and cabbage leaves.
I chose spaghetti alla puttancesca and it came in the perfect size, the pasta cooked al dente and was piping hot, topped with a basil leaf.
The sauce was great, except for the canned black olives, but it included anchovies, tomatoes and lots of garlic.
Service was cheerful and on the whole attentive.
Including a small glass of draft beer, the bill came to 50RMB (US$6.88).