Giorgio’s is a nice little place at the end of a strip mall in front of the Wal-Mart at Monkey Junction. You’ll have to look for it–it doesn’t face the main highway and is a little hard to find.
As we entered we were greeted and seated quickly. The lighting was subdued but comfortable, and the furnishings were neat and utilitarian. The tables were covered in white paper and for good reason–it is easy to drip the dipping oil across the table and a laundry bill would be sky-high on linens. Still, it works. two kinds of warm bread were offered: both were very “holey” and soft, one with a great rosemary bottom crust. Caution: don’t fill up on bread or you’ll have to ask for a box for your entrée.
I really like the atmosphere here: not fast food, not high-priced fine dining, but an easy-going air with soft music and muffled conversations. We were presented with both a wine list and a menu and given some time to peruse. We ordered and waited.
Salads came round and were quite good. Crunchy romaine leaves–awesome! Nothing soft and wilted here. Mine came with a simple balsamic which enhanced, rather than disguised, the salad.
Next came my simple lasagna. When I say simple, I mean good, solid Italian fare. No claims of “from our grandma’s secret recipe” or powdered up with a ton of oregano, just great tasting red sauce full of tasty ground beef, several cheeses, and just the right amount of seasonings. All of this was presented in a deep dish boat-like bowl with a smooth, gooey cheese topping.
My wife had cheese stuffed ravioli and meatballs. The meatballs were huge! Very tasty and generously sized.
This is clearly a civilized adult atmosphere. No loud music or beer-swilling twenty-somethings causing problems, just good food in a great atmosphere at a good price.
The good: attentive service, crispy salads, great pastas and sauces, good value.
The could be better: coarser pepper grind in the dipping oil
Their website: http://giorgios-restaurant.com/