We have long preferred Ciao Bella to any Italian restaurant in town, but Friday night's dinner at Frank Grisanti's put them up on the same level in our opinion. First, it should be pointed out that Grisanti's offers a more upscale environment and some really nice nooks that afford diners an almost-private dining experience. We were in one such nook and the setting was ideal. Additionally, we had a truly wonderful Eastern European waitress, not sure of exact nationality, but she was fun and knowledgeable and helpful and totally on top of things. Three of us had the entrée special, a seared tuna with seasonings, chopped tomatoes, and capers, over spinach. It was a terrific special, though 2 of us would have liked our tuna a little less pink and a little more purple. Other diners had penne pomodoro, blackened grouper with Elfo Special, and chicken Florentine. Everyone was thoroughly pleased with their entrees. Similarly, the mixed green salad with Gorgonzola was exceptional. Had a very nice reasonably priced bottle of Italian red, cinnamon gelato for dessert, and cappuccinos. This is actually a 4 1/2 star restaurant in my opinion, probably 5-star with tuna a bit rarer. Our plan now is to rotate Ciao Bella and Frank Grisanti's. Let the Italian wars begin!
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