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Anyone been to Giorgio Baldi recently? Thoughts?

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  1. The restaurant is cramped and you could wait for your table even with a reservation. The food is amazing--like Italy italian, but prices are astronimical. Fun celebrity factor--I saw Hanks and Spielberg.

    1. FWIW - I don't think Georgio Baldi's is as good as many others proclaim. I've been to GB a couple of times and don't think its worth all of the hype. They are well known for their daily home made ravioloi but I wasn't very impressed and its so damn expensive as Michelle said. I think they benefit from the celebrity factor. The funghi and cheese and dover sole are good. The sauce on the dover sole is a pit too pungent for me. I prefer Madeo for pasta/authenticity and Il Sole for salads/dover sole/celebrity factor.

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      1. re: js76wisco

        I agree, the food is not great and it's overpriced. I think the food at Via Veneto is MUCH better and the service is friendlier.

      2. The place sucks, it seems unless you are a "somebody." We've been several times (the last, admittedly, a few years ago). Food, OK. Prices, sky-high! We were looking for a replacement for the in-law's favorite spot (the then defunct Marquis West) and we made it plain that here was a quiet couple who'd come in at 6:00 pm, stay 1 hour, spend a couple of hundred dollars, and do it 5 nights a week (they lived 3 minutes away). GB wasn't interested and actually discouraged us from coming. There are so many better places close to the Canyon.

        1. that place sucks big time. The last time I went there we were rushed to our seats and almost immediately the waiter came over to take our order. We hadn't even ordered drinks yet so we asked to put in a couple of appetizers... He told us that they were trying to "turn" the tables quicker so we had to order everything then. Give me a break. I'll never go back and tell everyone how much that place sucks

          1. My husband, parents, and I were there last week. I love the homemade pastas. We had an assortment of ravioli, some with white truffle oil, and all but one ravioli was divine. DIVINE, is what I should really say. The one I didn't like had a pesto sauce- can't tell what was inside because it was not edible only because it was oversalted. My dover sole was offered grilled or sauteed with a lemon butter sauce. I went for grilled, but it was terribly overcooked and quite unnecessarily so. They sliced it into four thin strips - huh? My dad had it sauteed and it was a whole piece. They should have grilled my whole, too. My husband loved his lobster. It was out of the shell and mixed with tomato, and way too much salt. Killed the flavor, I thought, but he liked it. We had three desserts and i loved them all: tiramasu, a chocolate cake with chocolate sauce, and a cappucino gelato (I think). Coffee was excellent, too. In fact, I should find out what kind of coffee that was. Dinner for four, with one glass of delicious wine each, was $480 before the tip. The service was excellent. I think the place is great but too expensive for what it is....Our star sighting was John Cusack and a beautiful date who looked like a younger version of Nicole Kidman.

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            1. re: Bite Me

              My girlfriend and I went to GB over the weekend and had a great meal. She'd been there several times before, but it was my first trip. We had a 9:00 reservation and were seated about 20 min late - just enough time to step into the bar next door for a K1 martini. There's really no place to wait in the restaraunt so it was nice to have a place to get a cocktail prior to dinner. We ended up getting seated in the corner of the restaurant near the kitchen at a 5 person table so it was nice and quiet and we had plenty of room.

              Here's what we had:

              wine - 2003 Ornellaia
              appetizer - grilled langoustine
              entres - pasta tasting, veal chop w/ porcinis

              Everything was amazing! The langoustines were simply split in half, grilled and had a squeeze of lemon. The pasta tasting (sampler) included 4 types of pasta - lobster ravioli, asparagus ravioli, panzerotti w/ ricotta and porcini and a sweet corn ravioli w/ white truffle. It sounds like a lot of pasta, but the ravioli are small and you're getting a small portion of each. The asparagus ravioli was my least favorite of all the pastas, but not because it wasn't good. It was delicious, but just over-shadowed by the others. The sweet corn ravioli w/ white truffle was one of the best things I've ever tasted and they weren't stingy with the truffles either. Absolutely amazing! The veal chop didn't disappoint either - smothered in porcinis and tender as a mother's love.

            2. Went for the first time a few months ago. Not overly impressed. Nothing stood out except maybe the block itself. I'm more interested in trying Sam's next door than I am in returning to Giorgio's.

              1. I agree with most of the posts already. To sum it up, the food is very good, albeit expensive. The room is quaint, but can get a bit loud. The servers are knowledgeable, but encouraged to rush things along too much. It's a good Italian restaurant, but at their prices there are much better alternatives.

                1. I went to Giorgio's last night, and I can say that I was not looking forward to it, given the reviews I have been reading online. Up until about 3 years ago, I used to go with my family at least monthly, sometimes two or three times in a month, and the memories I have are positive ones. For some reason, however, for about the last year, reviews have been horrible and I was leery about going back. Fortunately, my experience was highly enjoyable. We had a reservation, and were sat almost immediately upon arrival. Giorgio's daughter wasn't running it, which was a weird change from the old days, but maybe it was her night off. Our server was prompt, but did not rush us. He let us go through two bottles of water before he took our order, but it took us that long to figure out what we wanted anyway, so it was perfect. I had the Scampi and Roasted Pepper Risotto and the Frittura di Mare, both of which were delicious. I was disappointed because the "scampi" in the Risotto were rock shrimp, and not real scampi, but it was still a delicious risotto, perfectly cooked. The Frittura was good as well. Ironically, in addition to the calimari, there was a Norway Lobster, fried to perfection. (Norway Lobster is what Scampi should be) All in all, a very pleasant experience.