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Thoughts on GONZO

the spaghetti incident | Jul 19, 2005 07:28 PM

Recently checked out GONZO because I was having one of my many pasta cravings.

The room in the back of the restaurant was quite nice: beautiful ceiling, open acoustics -- it had the feel of a large European meeting house. But the lighting effects, including the candles, cast a warm glow everywhere. Really liked the overall feel of the room. (And yes, it tends toward the louder side, so maybe not the best place for a private rendez-vous!)

We each ordered just a glass of red wine each, and both were good: a Dolcetto from the Torino region and a Valpolicella from the Veneto.

The pasta dishes were very fresh and satisfying. Hubby had a linguine with Manilla clams; I had the orrechiette (ear-shaped pasta) in a "sweet and spicy sauce." We both left the place feeling satisfied -- without that overly heavy feeling you get when you eat pasta sometimes. To me, that means the chef is doing something right!

Our only complaint about the pasta dishes was that GONZO could be a little more daring with the menu. Except for the linguine and clams, all the other pasta dishes were vegetarian. We prefer more non-veg sauce options including duck, wild boar, rabbit, pork, beef, shrimp or scallops, etc. They did not offer any of these options.

Service was a little spaced-out, but overall friendly, so we did not mind the "spaciness". We would definitely come back here if the menu were to expand and take some risks. This definitely looked like a place with many returning locals.

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