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GIO Rana's, Barrio

Jill | Apr 21, 2005 02:24 PM

I visited Gio's last night, for about the fifth or sixth time. This time, I was disappointed.
We started with the grill calamari, which was quite tasteless compared to other times I've had it. The potato gnocchi was in a Chef Boyardee type sauce, which tasted nothing like the tomato gorgonzola as described (it was recommended by the staff, too - shame, shame). The infamous sexy duck was dry, although I did love the plump, sundried tomatoes. The 'stuffed' chicken was tasty, but wasn't even stuffed. The proscuitto was frizzled on top, and I couldn't find the goat cheese. The roasted beet salad, described as amazing by the server, was also tasteless, even with goat cheese. It needed a hearty helping of balsamic (why I didn't ask for it, I don't know). That type of beet dish is why people don't like beets - they tasted like the root vegetable they are. Wine was good, service was good, despite the bad recommendations. I'll stick to 7 Numbers on the Danforth for next time.

We declined coffee and dessert, and went for a sure thing at Barrio - excellent flourless chocolate cake (going, going, gone... very soon), and scalding hot lattes.

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