Report Card: Giuseppe’s Italian

Giuseppe's wall of wine

Giuseppe’s wall of wine

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http://www.giuseppes.com/

 

Overall GrubGrade B

 

The Breakdown:

 

Atmosphere: Grade B+: Walking in to Giuseppe’s Italian Restaurant might remind you of walking into someone’s house – if that someone were a raging alcoholic. Look at that wall of wine in the picture. The entire back wall of the main dining room is a wine rack. Giuseppe’s was nice and clean, and definitely felt more like a house than a restaurant. The noise level was a little high, and we found that our tables were a little too close to our neighbors.

High marks: Clean and comfortable

Low marks: Better table spacing needed

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Service: Grade B+: Our server, Susan, did a good job taking care of us. However, we honestly can’t remember a whole lot about her. The service was a little bland. Our orders were accurate, and we don’t recall having an extensive wait for any of the food, but there was really nothing memorable about the experience from the service angle.

High marks: No mistakes or big wait times

Low marks:   No pizzazz or anything else memorable

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Food/Spirits: Grade B: We started off with our traditional calamari as an appetizer. The marinara dipping sauce was quite tasty, but the squid itself was pretty rubbery. We realized when our entrees came out that we had barely touched the calamari and instead gobbled up the bread, which was pretty good. Katina had an iced tea, Morgan had a ginger ale, and I opted for a Bold Rock, which was a local microbrew that was okay but not rapture inducing. Morgan selected a pizza for her entrée. She enjoyed the spicy, sweet sauce and the crunchy crust, but thought there was a bit too much cheese on the pizza and it overwhelmed the dish. Katina selected the lobster risotto. It was creamy with lots of greens, but it needed a little more lobster. The sauce was a tomato based sauce that mixed nicely with the wine that was used for deglazing. I ordered the homemade meatballs. These things were massive and awesome. The meatballs were nice and tender. I wasn’t a huge fan of the pasta that was served with the meatballs (I found it rather bland), but I ordered the dish for the meatballs, so I was still pleased.

High marks: Great meatballs, nice sauce in risotto          

Low marks: Pizza too cheesy, pasta served with meatballs nothing special, need more lobster in risotto

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Value: Grade C: Portion sizes were adequate, and quality was okay but we’ve had much better. But the bill led to a little bit of sticker shock. I would expect dazzling service and an experience that would make us count the days until we revisited for a price of about $30 per person. If you have a real hankering for some Italian food and can’t find any suitable alternatives, you’ll get a decent but slightly overpriced meal at Giuseppe’s. I would exhaust all of my alternatives before I visited.

High marks: Adequate portion size and decent quality

Low marks: Overpriced for overall experience

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