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Sep 18, 2010 08:56 AM

Giancarlo on Clinton

Guincarlo recommended to me this week, think any chance of getting in tonite without reservation? Thanks

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  1. Shouldn't be a problem. Hasn't been a "hotspot" since 1992.

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    1. re: Herb

      I agree that it's no hotspot, but the food is still very respectable, the wine cellar excellent, and the new wine bar that faces College can get pretty buzzy. It won't change your life, but Giancarlo is an underrated pick.

    2. The last time I was there - 6 months ago? - on a Wednesday, it was busy.
      Reservations are likely required. The food is solid and the beef carpaccio is incredible

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      1. re: CocoaChanel

        food is really good, wine list as someone else noted is absolutely superb.....check out some of the more hard to find italian reds like a Morellino di Scansano from the maremma region, lovely wine and won't cost you an arm and a leg.

        one note of caution. best to go midweek as the tables are REALLY close together and when it is full it is elbow room at the tables. But good food, great wine, service is professional without being over the top....and rarely do i ask for advice on wine pairings....this place is worth asking as the choice is vast and they know their wine.

        The other place i would suggest, which is less upscale - but not far off on the food and pretty close on the wine list is Grappa Ristorante on College just before Ossington on the south side. It's old school in a good way....lots of space, tables are nicely spread out and comfy..service is good, food is good to a very old school way...and..again the wine list is superb, not quite as extensive on the high end - but great on the mid-range and the super-tuscans.. So if you find yourself hemmed in elbow to elbow at giancarlo....have a glass of wine and walk down the street to Grappa.

        1. re: Minister of Kebab

          Does Giancarlo actually have a wine list now?

          1. re: Cat123

            sorry.....i should have said "wine selection"....they have had an off and on relationship with lists...but more off than on...i have been at times when an actual physical list was present, usually around christmas and easter...but are right, most times its not a list.

            1. re: Minister of Kebab

              I am a little late on this one, but we had a very bad experience at Giancarlo last night.

              Staff and service were very confused. First, they forgot my friend`s cocktail order. No big deal. Then, I ask about wines by the glass. He says he doesn`t know what they have but he will check. Then, he shows up with a glass of vaguely described crap and charges $15 per glass. Before he brought the glasses of wine, I told him that I wasn`t sure if I even wanted a glass of wine as it depended on what they could offer by the glass. This was after we finished off the first bottle that we ordered.

              Food was mediocre to terrible. Ossobuco was like eating shoe leather. Couldn`t finish it. And, they serve it without the prized marrow bone (because they sell it to other customers separately as an appetizer!). He takes away my uneaten dinner without a word.

              Funniest part: when I finally did complain (I spoke to the server privately away from the table), about half way through my complaint, he tells me that he doesn`t have time to listen further and he will take the wines off the bill!

              Anyhow, not a lot of time now to elaborate but it was all-round awful. F you right back, Giancarlo!