It had been a few years -- for no particular reason -- since we'd visited Gentile's, so this was our first look at the new location. The very nice building, great service, and a terrific lunch really made our day on a recent chilly Friday.
The emphasis is on varied, seasonal, and high-quality Italian cuisine, and on interesting flavors and textures. The lunchtime menu contains a really impressive range of choices, some of them high-end but also quite a few sandwiches and smaller options, and the wine list is a very good one with generally reasonable prices. Excellent focaccia and sliced section of baguette began the festivities, and along with them came a really superb white bean spread. I really enjoyed the Italian greens -- savory and in places quite spicy-hot -- while Madame opted for beans and greens, also quite a success. We both love a good Bolognese sauce (in a way it's an excellent yardstick for assessing what a kitchen can do), and Gentile's sauce (on penne in my case, and on linguine fini, over on the other side of the table) was excellent. Wine was a nice light pinot grigio/sauvignon blanc blend that added nicely to the warmth of the occasion. Dessert -- why not, it was Friday -- was a shared piece of limoncello cake, which we loved.
Service was friendly and attentive without being intrusive; Eric, our server, knew the menu thoroughly (too often not the case, in other establishments). In a smallish room during a fairly busy lunch service, noise levels remained mercifully low. It was, overally, just about a perfect lunch, and we hope to return for a reprise (or, even better, for dinner!) --
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