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“OK... but does not serve authentic Italian Food” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cirinos At Main Street

Cirinos At Main Street
Ranked #2 of 105 Restaurants in Grass Valley
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $25
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Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Kids, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Since 1983, we have shared recipes from the Cirino Family Kitchen, to locals and visitors alike, beginning in Nevada City and expanding our operation to Grass Valley in 2003. We have been honored with being voted more "Best Of" awards than any other business in Nevada County. We invite you to come in and experience the flavors of the Cirino Family Table and enjoy the tradition we are proud to share...We might even "change your life" with a sample of our signature Cirino Bloody.
San Francisco, CA
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“OK... but does not serve authentic Italian Food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2008

We were at Cirinos Main St. recently and though the menu conveys Cirino's being an Italian restaurant, few, if any of our dishes supported that representation. Over a period of two weeks, our party of four ate here on three occasions. We have all traveled to Italy (north and south) and have eaten in Italian restaurants in several major cities including NYC and San Francisco. Though many of the dishes served at Cirinos were hearty and filling, the food was more like American cuisine masquerading as Italian Food. Though we all agreed these dishes had the right ingredients, many of the pastas seemed thrown together with questionable technique as if the ingredients themselves could make the dish without the skill of a seasoned chef. There was little or no hint of garlic in many dishes that should have had garlic or at the very least, garlic-infused olive oil. We'd been told good things about this place so we kept returning but it never seemed to deliver on flavorful dishes in the Italian tradition. We noticed many elderly people in the restaurant and thought maybe Cirinos had tamed the flavors so as to accommodate the large number of elderly clientele. Perhaps Cirinos would be better served positioning themselves as an American bistro -- a more accurate representation of their flavors.

We had much better luck at the Owl (try the stroganoff) and were really impressed with the meals we had at Kane's which, as an Italian restaurant, seemed head and shoulders above Cirino's -- all dishes infused with well-developed Italian flavors. At Kane's however, we had much better luck ordering from the regular menu versus the specials. Kane's simple red sauce is the real thing. If you like traditional Italian flavors and technique, Kane's is the best place we found in Grass Valley, though the service was not the best.

Ironically, on our last day in Grass Valley, my friend and I ate in the bar at Cirino's which has an earthy pub-like ambiance and sports on the TV's (no sound). We kept it simple and ordered burgers, which were outstanding and really flavorful. We also had New England clam chowder which was also really exceptional. That was by far our best meal at Cirino's. With burgers this good, one almost wished there was a larger selection of pub grub like fish 'n chips or calamari fritti with garlic aioli -- good pub food with an Italian theme.

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“Try the seared ahi along...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2008

Try the seared ahi along with the spinach and apple salad!

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“Love their dinner and lunch menu. Best salads too!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2008

Love their dinner and lunch menu. Best salads too!

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“fantastic!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2008

We have dined at some of the finest restaurants in the country and were referred to Cirinos by more than one local of Grass Valley. We arrived on a week night and even though the place was filling quickly, we were shown to a table immediately; I would certainly recommend making reservations on a weekend. The ambiance is charming, service was outstanding and the food was perfection. I enjoyed wood grilled salmon and garlic mashed potatoes with steamed vegetables. The salmon was tender and moist the potatoes rich and "garlicky" and the steamed vegetables were delicious..."al dente" and with a bit of "heat". Others enjoyed pasta alfredo, ravioli and a spinich salad with apples, sugared nuts and grilled chicken. All raved about their selections. Do not skip dessert!! We ordered key lime mousse with white chocolate and I'm still dreaming about it..the best I've had in a very long time. A very delightful evening.

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“Great surprise in the Gold-Country hills. Extremely fresh & light northern style dishes, I recommend thier...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2007

Great surprise in the Gold-Country hills. Extremely fresh & light northern style dishes, I recommend thier specials and appetizers.

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