Last night we had din-din at Girasole. It was a lovely evening on several levels. The small space (with not a lot of tables), gave us a nice intimate and cozy feel. For the evening I was able to forget about restaurant "corporations" that own multiple restaurants. The staff was very friendly, and the leisurely way we like to dine was intuitively picked up on. Our server was the one to volunteer and bring out one dish at a time, so we could share each course.
Perhaps the only disappointment with our food was a grilled mixture of eggplant and zucchini that spousal unit ordered. The veggies had a nice char, but he was disappointed with no embellishment on the plate, as in some sort of complimenting sauce, good olive oil, or drizzle of something.
I had a delicious pumpkin soup which was one of the two special soups of the day (the other offering was mushroom). My non dairy soup was thick from the veggies, and it was so tasty.
We shared an order of the most delicious spinach gnocchi. The menu offered a choice of a tomato sauce, or a butter and sage sauce. We ended up taking the tip of a friendly gal who was having dinner next to us. She said to order Arabiatta sauce- - -and this spicy counterpoint to the rich gnocchi was just great. We finished our dinner with an order of lasagne with a meat sauce and porcini mushrooms. The lasagne was so flavorful and tender. We brought in our own bottle of wine, and the surprise of no charge for corkage, was very nice.
I'm guessing that in time we will work our way through the meat, fish, and chicken parts of the menu, but last night we were both in a pasta mood. They must have very tasty spinach, because we noticed some diners had ordered it as a side dish in addition to whatever else they were eating. I think our dinner came to $52 ish, with tax and tip. A very reasonable tab for such a relaxing and satisfying meal. We did note that some of the appetizers were more expensive than the pasta entrees. All this means is that one can successfuly dine at Girasole for quite a reasonable price, or one can do it up and experience a higher priced meal. I think that either way you go, you would be happy.
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