Grissini in Kennebunkport, ME?
Wondering what people think about Grissini. I have not eaten there but am thinking about taking out of town guests (we live in Portland). The menu looks good, but one never knows....
Grissini is nice alternative to the typical seafood place up in Maine. Northern Italian cooking, very good wine list, food is decent. Portions are generous and the service is adequate. I think I've gotten one of the best caprese salads there - local produce and the darkest green olive oil I've ever seen.
The place seems to get slammed no matter what season it is. Reservations should be made for weekend nights - you don't want to have to eat in the downstairs area. Way too crowded and dark with a service bar. The upstairs is open and airy but can be very loud.
We've eaten next to a couple of "celebrities": The ex-Prez and Babs with a big group (they come in once a month) and Sean Penn and his now-X Robin Wright.
I'd give a try.
Grissini gets mixed reviews on Chowhound but I have always had good experiences. Solid Northern Ital (non-red sauce) food...nothing too adventurous. Upscale but casual. (Same ownership as White Barn Inn).
We've eaten at Grissinis a number of times,with our most recent visit being the most disappointing. I had a veg special, but couldn't taste the goat cheese that was supposed to be an ingred, and the spinach was chopped so fine it was tasteless. Another person ordered a mushroom pizza, the mushrooms were almost non existent and the sauce had all the flavor of Cambell tomato soup. My husband ordered a fish dish, and that was much better. If you go (if you haven't already) I'd strongly recommend ordering only a pasta or fish special.