I think the concept of the restaurant is a very good one for a college town like Lawrence. It is also really cheap, especially compared to other Italian restaurants in town. Service was good, and quick, which is why I gave it two stars rather than 1.
The atmosphere was not really incredible. It basically looks like they painted, put some table cloths on the tables, and replaced the sports memorabilia with italian 'stuff'. I'm not sure a non-sports bar can really flourish in the old Zig&Macs.
That being said, the main component of the restaurant, the food, was terrible. The bread-sticks were simple, came out in a bowl, but you can't really mess up bread-sticks. I had the chicken parmigiana with spaghetti with marinara. The chicken tasted like it was just defrosted in the back and the sauce that was covering every last bit of the chicken and the spaghetti was terrible. It really tasted like it came out of a giant can in the back that said "AUTHENTIC MARINARA SAUCE". I honestly want to say that it was good because of the affordable price, but I would much rather pay twice as much and eat a really good meal at a place like Paisano's.