On Saturday night, friends chose J. Alexander's. J. Alex does not take
resv. The wait was forecast to be 75 mins. I don't wait 75 minutes
anywhere. Especially in that NOISY hellhole. Conversation was
We began brainstorming alternatives. We'd been to Sweet Lorraine's
recently and I wanted something different. I suggested Giulio's, inspite
of the fact that I have not visited in more than one year. Things have
changed since I last visited:
- Bar selection
- Staff knowledge & organization
Nutshell: It's not for the better.
The long story:
They used to be leaning kind'a, sort'a towards fine dining. No longer.
- Menus are now laminated plastic.
- Menu is considerably dumb'd down. (ie. Rabbit is no
longer offered. No cioppino. Etc.)
- Booths (re)upholstered in red-glitter vinyl.
- Booth tables; are oddly shaped for the round-ish booths.
- Hostess insisted on trying to seat four of us in a round-ish booth
designed for two or three. We asked for a large(r) booth - that
needed to be bus'd. She declined. Then, moments later, seated a
party of two in it. WTH?
At 7PM, the waitstaff still did not know their table assignments. We
were ignored. I asked the hostess to help. LOTS of shoulder shrugs
amongst the waitstaff at first. Our server did her best, but I think they
I used to love their inspired salad options. McD's now has better salad
options and execution.
The still have gluten-free items. Hurray!
The lasagna was nothing special. The tiny amount of meat was gristle.
I would've preferred it a bit warmer. Thankfully, it was not overcooked.
Bar service? Clueless. I asked for a Moretti. Blank stare. Peroni?
Blank stare. "We have Bud, Bud Lite, <blah, blah, blah>" (They used
to have both Moretti and Peroni.)