We travel a good bit, and I can assure you that the meal we had this past Friday night at Gianmarco's was as good as anything we have had in Rome, New Orleans, Santa Fe, Boston, D.C., Dallas, Houston, you name it. We loved everything about it. First off, it is a wonderfully unassuming but comfortable neighborhood; both the bar and the restaurant were packed; we had reservations and had just enough time in the bar to order and get glasses of a Tuscan blend red wine that was reasonable and the bartender's recommendation, then were seated. Amy P. was our server and she was both very, very knowledgeable about the food, the kitchen, the GianMarco family history, and a helluva lot of fun besides. Other staff members were helpful and attentive as well, but she was a real treat, especially if you feel like some interaction, some honest advice if requested, and some playfulness. The restaurant itself is a jewel: muted Italian murals, exposed meat case and freezers, and a very small open and active kitchen; it looks and feels like restaurants do in Italy, not how we in the U.S. necessarily want them to look. And oh my goodness, the food! We had a snapper cake over asparagus as an appetizer; mostly fish, just enough filler to hold it together, lightly but effectively seasoned, delicious. We had the wild mushroom ravioli for a pasta course and it quite simply was the tastiest pasta dish I can recall: wild mushrooms, black truffle paste inside ravioli, housemade marinara over it and wilted spinach beneath. The entrees were large enough to share, but my wife and I each wanted something different so we ordered two entrees that were so wonderful we ate every bite: I had the Tuscan grouper, which I loved, but partly because I love seafood stews. Amy P. was quick to point out it was like a stew so I might not be pleased if I were expecting a nice grouper filet with a bit of topping (the grouper has marinara, various olives, caper berries, and I think some potatoes too). My wife had a lamb special, which was essentially a rack of lamb cut into 3 chops, each with 2 rib bones. I cannot recall much about it except that it had an incredible reduction sauce and was the most beautifully cooked lamb imaginable. Wow, I am glad I got my grouper because I was craving fish, but the lamb was a classic dish! We enjoyed a bottle of the same Tuscan blend at $34/bottle, which was an amazing wine for the price. Finished with freshly brewed coffee and an apple crostada, "free-form apple pie" said Amy P. It is apples enfolded in pastry, topped with housemade cinnamon ice cream and caramel sauce and was the perfect way to end a totally remarkable dinner. Total bill was around $130, easily worth twice that (but GianMarco's folks, if you read this, please don't feel inclined to raise prices). As for the owner who troubled another reviewer or two, he was not at work on this particular Friday night, but I'll tell you this, he could call me everything including a child of God,but if the food and service were like they were this past weekend I'd take it and smile and come back for more.
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