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Gonzo REVIEW

Danie77 | Mar 19, 2004 11:25 AM

I went to Gonzo last night and tried to order the pumpkin pizza (which came very highly recommended from CH on this board) but sadly, it was unavailable.
We started with a couple of Apps:

Roasted Onion Salad-- this was my Fav-- it was an onion cup (cut the onion in half- remove one layer = onion cup) with a butter/oil/broth soaked crouton in the center topped with shavings of parmesan-- very well done!

Roasted eggplant-- this was slightly disappointing as it couldn't quite commit to a certain flavor

Red pepper puree spread-- this was a nice spread which was accompanied by bread toasts-- the puree was very simple-- maybe just peppers, oil, salt and a thickener-- it was slightly bland- but pure and simple

For the main course we ordered pizzas. One of the nice features at Gonzo is that you can "split" your pie- I got half sopprasetta and half gorgonzola and mashed potato

I was very disappointed with the pizza. The sopprasetta was store bought and flavorless-- I missed the homemade sopprasetta I get at that amazing store on bleeker across from Murray's cheese -- this pizza was also topped with what was described as a red pepper sauce which was way too sweet and didn't match the tastes of the pie. Additionally, the ricotta which was placed in dollops on top of the sopprasetta was a poor quality and was way too bland.
The gorgonzola pizza wasn't good either, in the end it was just plain bland. I expected the pie to be heavy on the gorgonzola and then the mashed potatoes would combat the strong cheese. However, either the gorgonzola was not strong-- or they didn't put enough on because in the end the pie was flat and bland. I ended up having to add too much salt and then just giving up.

Also- does anyone know anything about the crusts--I had a sneaking suspicion they were premade-- but I forgot to peak in the kitchen at the end. It could be that the crust just wasn't my style.

For desert we shared a flan and a meringue ice cream sandwich-- both were pretty good-- but not so spectacular.

The price was very reasonable and I could see why many people like this place. I would go back- and skip the pizza.

As an aside, the service needs to be improved. Each person in out party was "manhandled" by the host/hostess-- one in our party was reprimanded by the host when she arrived (she arrived and asked to join our party and the host- who wasn't listening-kept telling her she would never be seated without a reservation). Also our waiter couldn't be bothered with us-- he was rude- offered no advice and seemed to be put out when we asked for anything. When we got the check he told us that for parties of 5 the tip is automatically included-- which explained why he didn't make an effort with us. The tip which was included was 18%-- given the option that's not what I would have left. I was also taken aback because usually the tip is included for parties of 6 or more-- and they announce this on the menu-- I wasn't sure I saw such a statement on the menu- but I wasn't looking for it and he snapped the menus away so quickly I never had a chance.

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