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“Not too impressed :-(”
Review of Giardini Trattoria

Giardini Trattoria
Ranked #4 of 22 Restaurants in Columbus
Price range: $15 - $29
Cuisines: Italian
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Description: From the time he started making pasta with his Nona as a small child, Joe Laudisio was entranced with the delicious, fresh food made by his large Italian family in Buffalo, NY. Today, he brings his memories and his vision for authentic, regional Italian cuisine to this beautiful little restaurant tucked away in the foothills of North Carolina. Joe & Mary strive to use fresh organic produce and pastured meats from local farms. They also watch over and help plan the prolific gardens right outside the restaurant doors. From ordering heirloom Italian seeds right from Italy, to guiding the menus that feature the seasonal bounty, much attention is paid to authenticity and to fresh quality. This is not just the new trend in green living, this is the authentic old world process of living and breathing local and seasonal foods that has permeated Italian life for generations.
Spartanburg, South Carolina
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4 reviews
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“Not too impressed :-(”
Reviewed July 7, 2012 via mobile

Like a previous reviewer, we were expecting a wonderful experience here after glowing newspaper review. We were surprised to learn that they now have their alcohol permit and serve beer and wine since their website clearly states "don't forget to brown bag your own vino because this little gem resides in a dry county." The hostess, when we asked about this, seemed more interested in blaming it on their website provider than apologizing for the faulty info. Other patrons were bringing in their own bottles as well but restaurant did not offer to let any of us pay a corkage fee and have our own wine. Their wine was fairly expensive for this area ($9 a glass for a very ordinary Chianti), and they were pretty stingy with the amount served for that hefty price, too. Our waitress was rather slow and a couple seated after us got bread and salads long before us even though we ordered first. The salad, a seasonal mixture of marinated fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions, was excellent. The bruschetta appetizer, prepared with more homegrown tomatoes, as also very, very good. The bread was the biggest disappointment of the evening. Having dined on the delicious oven baked loaves that one of our local Italian restaurants serves up, we were expecting something similar here. We got 3 slices (WHY do restaurants do that for TWO people???) and it was stale tasting and extremely dry. Without the olive oil to dip it in, it would have been too dry to eat. The entrees (lasagna and an eggplant dish) were very tasty. So, overall, the actual food was very fresh and quite good, the bread was not good at all, the wine was overpriced for the pour you get, the service was just okay and nothing special, and the hostess was a little rude, in our opinion. Our family is Italian and we were scoping this place out as a potential spot to bring the others for special occasions, but not sure we will do that anytime soon. La Taverna, right here in Spartanburg, is a much better value.

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Inman SC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Has Potential”
Reviewed June 30, 2012

Nice setting. Sat on outside porch.Poor service.Waitress had to go inside to get salt and pepper,tea,and even straws.These items should be available close by.She was pleasant but over worked and not organized.Took over 10 minutes to get check.Food was above average.This restaurant has potential to be way better .Fair prices.We will give them another try as we liked their food

  • Visited June 2012
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Hendersonville
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Food not up to rave newspaper reviews”
Reviewed June 16, 2012

My wife and I were looking forward to this restaurant after the great reviews in our newspaper.
The service was slow, only one waitress for a Saturday lunch. Wife's eggplant rollatini was good
my special of the day chicken, pasta in a light cream sause was poor. Pasta was over done and apperared to be sitting under a heat lamp for ever. Plus no mushrooms, "cook forgot to put them in" The "light cream sause" was anything but. While Owner Joe Laudisio came out and spent a lot of time apologizing and comping the meal, it was a disappointing experience. We will give it one more try at dinner and hope for a better outcome.

  • Visited June 2012
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Lake Lure, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Wonderful Special Evening Out”
Reviewed May 24, 2012

The atmosphere at Giardini Trittoria is very pleasant and the live performance guitar music added a nice touch. Service is very efficient and supportive. The drunken fig salad is a nice change from your typical restaurant salad. The fact that the owners use as many local products as possible gives the food extra flavor and appeal. The portions are not overly large but satisfying as the food is often quite rich. Desserts are good but could be a bit larger. Overall, good food and a good place to go with friends or that special someone for an event evening or just because you want to go somewhere nice.

  • Visited May 2012
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New Jersey
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“Good Tuesday Pizza but Terrible Service”
Reviewed May 7, 2012

My wife and I have tried Giardini Trittoria twice recently for their brick oven pizza night. The pizza was good but the service was so bad that we will not return. For a restaurant that was quite busy it had only two wait staff working. You felt like you had to leave your seat to ask to get basic things like a refill on water. After our first visit we felt we should give the restaurant another try. Many locals speak well of their experiences. Without the service being at least average we just can''t give it a good grade.

  • Visited May 2012
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