Il Monello -
This is a wonderful Italian Place with the benefit of BYOB ! We found this place by chance. Our local Trove is the Gladstone Market who decided to close on weekends over the summer. Their wonderful patio right by the river is a true treat, but it was closed :-(
What to do ? We had driven by the Il Monello several times and liked what we saw. The patio was inviting and the look was : "Come on in"!
I stopped, we had our favorite wine with us and our heats were set on having it under the clear sky of this last Independence Day Weekend at our favorite spot. Well, I went in and asked if it was a BYOB, the answer, "YES" - that was all it took for us to enter and have the very courteous personal seating us. We were kind of late, wanted to have a leisure meal and conveyed this to our waiter.
"No Problem !" was the answer and then we were spoiled. Our wine was opened with great care, Bread, a wonderful Olive-Oil-Zucchini-Dip (never had one like this before - it hade a special twist reminding me of Europe), some fresh cut cheese and Italian Salami were presented. All this did set the tone for things to come.........the menu is good and it was tough to make a choice after having heard the specials. Did I mention, they were spoiling us ?!
If I wanted to be picky, I did have to ask for fresh Pepper and Parmesan Cheese; this did not really make a dent in our satisfying experience at this eatery.
Our appetizer and main-course were absolutely delicious. My wife could not be more praiseful about her Salmon.
In short, we found a new addition to our favorite-list.
We will take my Mom there for her 94th birthday coming August.........this lady is high maintenance..........we are confident, she'll like Il Monello !!! *****
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