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Gardino Fresco (Los Gatos) - great neighborhood joint

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Gardino Fresco (Los Gatos) - great neighborhood joint

Alice Patis | May 15, 2006 01:19 PM

Hubby & I had dinner at this tiny bustling Italian place in Los Gatos. Our server (the owner?) is really friendly in that booming New Yorker Italian way. Oddly, service was really fast when the place was very busy, but at the end of our meal when the place was much less crowded it was hard getting anyone's attention for a drink refill or our check.

The menu is filled with many pastas and beef/veal, chicken & seafood entrees ($13-22). But we went with 2 of the specials, the Alaskan halibut (around $22) for me and the wild salmon (around $21) for hubby, prepared with your choice of like 4 sauces (we asked them to choose for us, and I think it was lemon/wine/butter). Really good sauce, and a good amount of it.

Fish were not overcooked (though the salmon could use a bit more rareness). Veggies were standard (carrots, zukes, broccoli), but crisp tender and buttery. We also started with the garlic mushrooms appetizer, which had the yummiest brown sauce we fought over for dipping our bread, and pretty fat mushrooms.

We also were brought a small dish of steaming hot garlic bread, the aroma of fresh chopped garlic heavenly (this might've been complimentary). Everything was served steaming scalding hot, and salted just right; two things I always nitpick over when dining at Italian American restaurants.

I can't report without nitpicking something, so I should say that the olive oil condiment bottles at our table had rosemary stalks in them, but moldy stalks. Prob should stay away from those.

A great place to have a casual spur of the moment dinner, or a "something for everyone" kind of place for a group, but a little on the pricey side (though maybe that's just because it's Los Gatos).

Gardino Fresco
51 N. Santa Cruz Ave. (next to Round Table Pizza)
Los Gatos, CA
408-354-8788

Link: http://www.svcn.com/archives/lgwt/10....

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