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Gjelina - Dressed to impress, but what's underneath?

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Gjelina - Dressed to impress, but what's underneath?

ElJeffe | Oct 31, 2008 09:15 PM

Gjelina is unique and fills a good niche of covering the pseudo wine-bar, small plate, go with friends or on a date thing.

Uber-cool dark wood/industrial space with a great outdoor patio w/beautiful, uplit brick wall.

This place certainly is hipster....a little too hipster if you ask me. Sure, I'd like to think I have some light hipster overtones, but it looks like these people went to a costume store on Halloween to find hipster outfits, purchased one, then on the way out, ran back in because they needed just a little more hipster.

The food was decent. The gourmet pizza's have great cracker crusts but are really flatbreads with toppings more than pizza. I'd recommend the bacon & fontina one. The duck confit was decent, authentic with crispy skin, but pricey for the portions. The 'grilled' artichokes were okay, tasted more like grilled, canned artichokes.

What bugged me more was the wine. Was 0-for-2 with glasses of wine and they were both TERRIBLE (Italian red blend and Marsanne white). Virtually no glass on the menu is less than $10-12 so that is disappointing.

So overall, dressed to impress, but a little too pricey for what you get.

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