I had a wonderful birthday dinner at Gennaro's tonight, and the meal was outstanding from start to finish. The fried calamari was light and tender, served with both a marinara and a sweet chili sauce. The gnocchi bolognese and spaghetti carbonara were exactly as people had described - perfect. Best gnocchi I have ever had and the carbonara was superb - I don't think it could be done better. Melt in your mouth homemade pasta and a delicate, not overpowering or heavy, carbonara sauce. Only thing I would suggest is going a little lighter on the pancetta, but that may simply be personal preference. The wine list was lovely and the wines by the glass generous. The vanilla bread pudding was nicely done and served with a wonderful salted caramel sauce. Adding to the exquisite cuisine was a lovely, warm, elegant and quiet ambience, attentive but not stuffy or pushy waitstaff, a violinist, and a visit to most diners tables by Marisa, the executive chef who hails from Italy. If I had one suggestion for this North End gem, it would simply be a heartier, more crusty bread. One of the reviewers talked about warm, outstanding bread, so I was a little disappointed when the bread was just average. Certainly not a deal breaker, but a wonderful bread can set the tone for the meal to come. I will absolutely be back to Gennaros. The prices are higher than your average North End venue, but the quality of the food is worth the incremental difference.
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