My wife and I paid our first visit to Gunni's restaurant in Manassas. We stopped in without reservations. It was fairly crowded suggesting one should secure reservations especially on weekends (Fri, Sat, Sun) as it is a small restaurant and they have entertainment on those evenings. We were seated close the small stage were a guitar soloist was picking and singing. He was exceptional. We were met by Gabriela who welcomed us and said she would be serving us. She explained the specials with some difficulty and she didn't return to our table again. But a host of others did. We were served rolls and olive oil and spices as well as a compound butter. Water and coffee were served and replenished by a variety of people. After some examining of the various choices on the ala cart menu, we ordered. I began with lobster bisque sherry. The temperature was tepid, the front end flavor was creamy lobster and the after taste was sherry. But for the temperature a little on the cool side, this dish was really good. My wife chose the house salad which contained various greens, chopped tomatoes and cucumber and slices of red onions with balsamic vinaigrette dressing. She had asked for the onions to be omitted. Oops. The salad was ample but the onion was much too sharp requiring her to separate them from the rest before she could enjoy the meal. I had Linguini Malafemmina which the menu said included shrimp, clams, mussels, and half lobster tail with garlic white wine and fish broth. Rather than a half of lobster tail, the chef use a whole small langouste tail. Unfortunately, the chef did not split the tail making it difficult to access the lobster meat. Oops. One of the mussels did not open indicating it was probably dead before cooking. Oops. The chef should have noticed and removed it.
The possible explanation is that they were working one chef short or so we were told. One of the chef just quit causing delays is service and possibly these other issues as well. Still a four out of five stars (even given three oops) in my book is not so bad and worthy of another try.
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