While wandering in the cold, dark, damp evening the other nite, stumbled across Gene's restaurant, a little trip back in time hidden away from the main drag.
What a nice meal. I mean, really nice.
The friendly little Italian gem kind of place I am always on the lookout for. Friendly service, good food and a quiet environment.
(they still give you a crudite tray - carrots, celery, radishes) and a loaf of black bread when you sit down (old fashioned, but quaint as all heck).
Unfortunately, I had another commitment and was extremely pressed for time, because this is the sort of place to sit and relax. Much older and neighborhood clientele, apparently, no hustle and bustle.
Had a very nice Osso Bucco with Saffron/Mushroom risotto, a bowl of nice warm straciatella soup, and some good ravioli, although the sauce was a little bitter.
Only complaint was that the bread was ice cold, and the tomato sauce on the ravioli a bit bitter for my taste.
I'll be sure to go back when I have more time.