we've been wanting to try this rather low key italian for some time. glad we did!
right off the bread basket was terrible, not a good sign. rolls and bread slices were stale. i should have said something. i dont usually bother with "the basket" but i was hungry so i put some nice tableside oil and balsamic vinegar on the bread and that fixed it right up.
GIGINO has a fantastic looking insalate selection. we split an 'esotica' which had hearts of palm, artichokes (the good parts), greens, avocado, white beans, tomato and fresh mozzarella. wow this is a nice summer salad. it was the winner dish ($11).
she had the gnocchi with the red sauce and veal meatballs and loved it. tasted fine to me too. i had an evening special of osso buco. this was a tender pork shank served over apple risotto ($21). very flavorful and even more important to me that style of risotto was a good pairing.
we had bottle of chianti i forget the name, but it was the less expensive of two choices ($40ish). a very lovely wine, smooth as silk with no rough edges at all. i'll have to look it up somehow. GIGINO has a nicely priced and non-aggressive wine list, varied if a bit thin.
so with the tip the cost was around $100. service was excellent through dinner, i rec GIGINO.
sometimes its nice to give the calm and relaxing restaurants that are a bit under the radar a go, rather than the latest/trendiest or the cheapest/most obscure.