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PHX Review: Giuseppe's Italian Kitchen

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PHX Review: Giuseppe's Italian Kitchen

TastyJon | Jul 22, 2005 01:40 AM

Took another group of about 12-15 to this centrally located place mentioned favorably here.

We had a grand time.

It's pretty small so it was an effort seating us together. No worries. We also thought it was more of a traditional place, so we spent some time waiting for menues. Then we realized all the dishes were on the wall, written in chalk. Some of the group arrived late, so it took a while to order together.

Once we did, everything came out pretty fast. And everyone enjoyed their dishes. Some around me ordered Gnocchi, which is normally heavy, but they found it wonderfully light. Many there remarked that at most Italian eateries they get bogged down in the food. Here, everyone seemed to finish their dishes. In fact I didn't see one "to go" order. That might be good or bad, depending on your style. It's not that food was abandonded - just eaten. I guess we're used to oversupply.

The crowd ate kinda light. Maybe it was the heat.

I had to try the veal. We had some Vegans there, but I've stopped being wary. I've tip toed my way around Jewish friends only to learn they like pork chops. I have veggie friends who NEED to stop at Jack in the Box at 2 a.m for a bacon burger. Even for those who are strict, I figure if you go out to eat, you live with the consequences. Regardless, Italians cook veal. In fact I'm pressed to think who else I'd buy it from. In any case, Giuseppe's veal was o.k.

It didn't seem... uniquely made. It was breaded in a uniform shape like you'd find a breaded fish fillet in the supermarket freezer. Everything else about the dish was nice, but I somehow feel the main course came off the back of a Sysco truck. Decent, but not orgasmic.

One great thing about this place is that it's in a strip mall. It doesn't try to be too fancy. And it's also next to Sprouts. They had no problem letting a few of us go over and bring back an assortment of vino. In fact some of the employees joined us for drinks.

In short, for a good meal, eat there. For 10 bucks more you can drink like a king. But ask them about the veal. Is it the best in the city?

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