We followed the lead of our hotel desk clerk and gave Gino's a try. Called ahead, and they suggested we come a little later for better service.
When we arrived, restaurant was not real busy, and we were greeted by Gino himself. Ends up Gino was greeter, hostess, server and chef.
We ordered Bruschetta, served on rolls, rather than crispy bread. Tasty!
Gino wanted us to go with special of the day, but we had Eggplant Parmagen, and Lasagna. House salad. Tiramisu. All were delicious.
But what we really had was an experience. Because Gino was doing all the tasks, he didn't see a large party come in. They looked and 'reserved' was on the large tables. I suggested one of them go back and find Gino, and BJ walked back to say "Gino! Can we sit at the big table?" That worked. Another couple came and stood waiting, eventually to leave. Don't leave. Just get Gino's attention.
Notice I said BJ went back. Because we got to know her and her party as we spent the evening together. We actually had great fun talking to that party and another couple coming in. Became a big party. And the big group took the special of the day, ordering family style so Gino could bring out a big bowl of salad, entree, etc.
If you want everyday Italian and service, go to Olive Garden. But if you can bring an open mind to what you expect, go to Gino's. As my husband said - "Just like Italy - a slow evening of dining." And sometimes, that's just what you need.
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