This is one of those places you want so badly to succeed. We've been there at least a dozen times -- even during the era when there was very annoying opera singing, before big-time TV came in to "save the day" -- and the food has always been scrumptious. The chef is true Italian and you can find him IN the kitchen. The service changed a bit since the owners were subjected by "Restuarant Impossible" to follow an unnatural script. Come on this is Aptos! Not NY. You may not get the contrived, peppy "welcome to Barolo's" from a 17 year-old hostess whose buxom is pouring out of her shirt, but you will get kind attention from people who just want to make great food in a comfortable, unpretentious atmosphere. Ok, maybe they should bring back cloth napkins and have the staff take gum out of their mouth, but it's minor stuff for a really good meal. If you remember any item that used to be on the old menu, or want something a little different, they will make it for you. I'm thinking the service quirks are totally forgivable and would hate to see this place gone.... just try it...and don't miss seeing one of the country's biggest Magnolia trees out front!
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