Help with choosing Italian restaurant?
My hubby's birthday is the end of this month so I'm looking at taking him to a really nice Italian restaurant for dinner. I've gone through this message board and Google, and have narrowed down my choices to:
Gio Rana's Really, Really Nice Restaurant
Zia Piera Ristorante
I'd really like opinions on any (or all) of these places. And which ones have the nicest selections of wine by the glass? (We can't order by the bottle as I'm allergic to red wine, which is what hubby drinks). Or is there a better Italian place that I've missed?
Of those you have listed I have been to 7 Numbers and Trattoria Giancarlo. I would definitely pick Giancarlo over 7 Numbers. When I was at 7 Numbers, it was busy and I found I was constantly having to move my chair in so folks could get by. Distracting. The food at Giancarlo is amazing. I have been there a couple of times and loved it.
Romagna Mia seems to be getting a lot of good reviews on this site and I would like to try it one day.
Another restaurant that I would mention is Noce on Queen St West. The food is amazing. The gnocchi melts in your month and they will serve it in half portions so you can sample lots of other stuff.
I think you would get an excellent choice of wine at either Giancarlo or Noce.
P.S. Thanks for the tip on the Real Jerk. We went there on Friday night and you were right. The food was solid. I inhaled....ackee and saltfish, rice and peas with oxtail and jerk chicken and plaintain. Service was friendly and the price was right. Topped off with a couple red stripes.....the only letdown was the fact that it was -8 outside and a beach was not a walk away.
Romagna Mia for sure. Great homestyle, authentic Italian cooking. Chef/owner Gabriele Paganelli is terrific - friendly and sure knows his stuff - born and raised near Bologna! I love the "choke the priest" pasta and the pheasant and truffle risotto. Excellent wine selection as well.
Have fun wherever you decide to go!
I agree with the first poster. Romagna Mia is the best. Giancarlo is very good as well - though they kind of seemed like wine snobs when I was there.
I wouldn't recommend Giovanni's really really nice restaurant for the Italian experience. I mean, the food is excellent and the atmosphere is great, but it's not really old-school Italian food. Sotto Voce on College St. is pretty good.