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wincountrygirl | Dec 21, 201404:39 AM     1

Went to Gallo for dinner last night. The place is really beautiful, very modern and sleek. We went early and the side room was already full. We were the first in the main dining room. When we arrived the hostess asked "What can I do for you?" instead of asking our name or if we had a reservation. I must admit, it kind of made me feel like we were not the sort of person who usually dined there!! But, I'm being sensitive here and it was no big deal. We were seated and waiter came and asked if we'd like something from the bar. I asked what kind of chardonnay they had - did they have a California and he said no, so I opted for a pinot noir. My husband had a margarita and when the waiter brought our drinks he put a glass of pinot grigio down in front of me. I corrected him and he said - "well, we had been discussing White." Now, when my husband ordered he specifically said pinot NOIR. But anyway. The server came over (different person) and told us the specials - she did not describe them, simply we have a tuna tartare, rack of lamb, kobe meatloaf, and immediately asked if we were ready to order. Um, no. When we questioned her further we got the full descriptions - rack of lamb in a red wine sauce with charred cippolini's and roasted potatoes. I was interested in the meatloaf which, by the way, we found out when we questioned her further, came in a mushroom sauce and was stuffed with prosciutto and mozzarella cheese. Sounded a bit much so I ended up up going for the pizza. She did, btw, give us about 5 minutes with our drinks before she appeared again so we could order. Rushed much? Having said all of this, a couple of minutes later the owner, dressed in chef whites, began to make his rounds and he was so friendly and nice and welcoming - you have to wonder why this does not rub off on the staff. Or maybe they are only that way to people they know, as the table near us seemed to have no service issues at all. But the owner turned it around for me. My husband's appetizer arrived - I was not that hungry and chose to nibble on the delicious focaccia that was provided in the bread basket, with an excellent EVOO. He had the filet mignon carpaccio with marinated artichokes, shaved parmigiana and truffle oil. It was delicious. For mains, he went with the rack of lamb and I have to say, it was excellent. The lamb had a wonderful char on it and was perfectly rare inside. The onions were killer good. So sweet - also with a nice char. I had a plain pizza margherita, and it was ice cold. I sent it back and the owner came to the table and said he was making me a new one, which was very nice. And it was very good. Terrific thin but chewy crust, nice sauce. I did ask for parmigiana cheese on it and when the person serving it had done half she put the spoon away and was leaving and I asked for it on both sides, to which she answered, oh, you want two spoons? We did not have dessert but did have espresso which was also very good. In all, we will go back. The food was excellent and just the attitude of the owner alone gives me hope that the service will improve.

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