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“Cute Italian Restaurant”
Review of Fresco - CLOSED

Fresco
Price range: $7 - $21
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Fresco Neighborhood Italian has been chosen by the Gainesville Sun as the best Italian restaurant in Gainesville. Enjoy casual, upscale dining at a price you can afford!
Reviewed July 3, 2012

We visited this restaurant for dinner on Wednesday early evening and it was nice and quite. Kind of a little tricky to find but nothing that a phone call doesn't to solve. It has a small outdoor seating area, the interior is very cute with regular tables and high top tables. Waitress was very friendly and helpful. The food was ok... lets put this way, they have dishes with names similar to Carraba'sbut it doesn't get close to Carrabas taste. I ordered Chicken Marsalla and although the portion was generous, the chicken was not grilled. It tasted like the chicken was cooked in the Marsala sauce which, by the way was a red sauce with a sweet taste. The same happened to my hubby, who ordered Chicken with Lemon Sauce (similar to Chicken Piccata) . Again, chicken tasted like it was cooked in the sauce, not grilled and it was very buttery. It is fair to say that every restaurant has their own recipe. We personally didn't like our main dishes, but it doesn't mean you won't. The main dishes came with a side of pasta (regular sauce) and tossed fresh salad. We also ordered the bruschetta and it was delicious, nicely served in a star format with crispy toasted garlic bread, with fresh tomato/basil in the center. We spent $60 for a couple with small child... a little pricey since we didn't ordered wine.

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Thank Ilovetotravel211
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Reviewed May 30, 2012

This is a bistro-type spot - regular tables, high-top tables and outdoor seating.

The wine list is on the wine bottle label on each table, and is quite a nice list.

We particularly like the "build your own pasta." You may add the ingredients you like and it comes to your table hot, and emitting a wonderful aroma. The salads are very good with very generous portions.

Their bread is too garlicky for some but you can ask for it plain toasted and it is still delicious.

Go 'round the traffic circle and you'll find Fresco next to Peach Valley Cafe, near Carrabba's. It's worth the trip.

Thank travchef
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Reviewed April 9, 2012

Fresco, I have been there twice now (for Lunch) and have been very satisfied with the food as well as the service. Fresco has a nice outdoor patio area as well where your dog is welcome too.
Good food, fresh made ingredients, nice atmosphere.

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Thank Mik H
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Reviewed March 29, 2012

Used a Groupon to check this place out. Whole wheat pasta and meatballs were great. Good wine. Lighting is nice. Not like a chain place. Hard to find off 34th Street but worth a visit.

Thank JFGainesville
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Reviewed March 17, 2012

We visited on a Friday evening. It's a busy place, nice outdoor seating area, cozy interior. Waitstaff informative and friendly. Portions are generous. The bruschetta was outstanding; when we asked for more of the crispy bread triangles to finish the delicious tomato/basil mixture, it was promptly delivered.
Otherwise, the food was just average. A salad comes with the meal--tossed field greens. I had the gnocchi special, with sausage and green peppers. My friend had the cheese ravioli. At the end of the meal, he requested an espresso drink, but the only option is a straight espresso.
It's a fine restaurant, and I'd return, but will likely not seek it out.
Plenty of free parking nearby.

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1  Thank Suzy B
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