We dined at Aglio on a Saturday evening for our anniversary. The "new" location is very nice and warmly decorated. We loved the Jazz and American Standards music selections that played softly as we dined. I grew up in the Milwaukee/Brookfield area and am used to having a wide selection of fine dining. Aglio is as close as you can get to comparable Milwaukee or Madison fine dining and that also means a few $ more than the many chain restaurants that populate Janesville in general. But the ambiance, decor, relaxing upscale atmosphere and food are worth it.
Onto the food. We ordered a bottle of Trapiche Vineyards Argentine Malbec red wine to go with our entre's . It was mid priced in their selections at $30. A good Malbec, but a different label than what was in the wine list. The young waiter was new, but well mannered and trained and very helpful. We ordered the antipasto salad to share. It was a bit sparse on greens, but had several small portions of pepperoni, peppered salami, fresh mozzarella, and shavings of Asiago along with some olives, grapes, and tomato slices. Later, we saw a neighboring couple order and share the Cesar salad which we will order next time we dine here. It was enough for 3 or 4 people to share, and had much more in fresh greens than the antipasto.
For our entre's, I ordered Fettuccine Bolognese and my wife ordered Lasagna. While we waited for them, we were served our salad and warm Italian bread with a plate of olive oil and balsamic vinegar for dipping. It was a welcome addition to the small salad we had ordered. Timing was very good and upon finishing our salad, the main courses arrived. The portions were generous and hot from the kitchen. My Fettuccine Bolgnese was very rich with both ground sirloin and ground pork tenderloin in a flavorful and well seasoned tomato sauce. The Lasagna also was a large 3"x3x3"" or so portion and also hot and well plated with just the right amount of sauce. It had a good balance of sliced Italian sausage between the layers of pasta and sauce. It was light on cheese which my wife preferred since that can be a bit much in Lasagna. All in all, the food was on par with what we expected in quality and price. We each took home about half our serving in order to save room for a desert.
I ordered Tiramisu and my wife had a Lemon Berry cake that was almost like a light cheese cake. Both were fresh and delicious.
In summary, we did enjoy our dining at Aglio. One small remark I would make is about the rather thin cushions that are on some of the long bench seating in some of the dining areas. These become a bit uncomfortable for over an hour.
If there were any other short comings to our visit, it would be that many patrons seem to like to dine in clothes a bit too casual for a nice cocktail lounge and restaurant such at this. And we are talking even many mature people who obviously earn a good living judging from the professional hair cuts, manicures, and other trappings. Even if jeans are new and clean and worn with a sweat shirt, this is more like one would expect in one of the chain restaurants. Really Janesville citizens, if you can afford to dine here why not at least wear some Docker's and a new sport shirt? And ladies, how about a nice outfit or even a casual dress? You would show others that you are proud of your community and also appreciate having such a fine restaurant as Aglio here in Janesville