My friend took me here on Saturday night for my birthday dinner and everything was AMAZING. From the romantic setting, impeccable service to the delicious food and drink, everything was perfect. The restaurant itself is quite small, but the seating is well laid out so it doesn't feel cramped. Both the host and our server were great. Our server was friendly, attentive and helpful. He was knowledgeable about the menu and able to suggest dishes and recommend his favorites. DELICIOUS dishes we ate: - Bruschetta (from the specials menu) - Lasagna (from the specials menu) - Tonnarelli alla Capricciosa (Housemade pasta in light cream sauce with porcini mushrooms and Italian sausage) We washed down our dinner with a bottle of their featured Italian white wine which complimented the dinner nicely. I find that I rarely eat Italian food now that I live in Glendale (as opposed to growing up in NJ) but Gennaro's RIstorante will certainly change that!
I sometimes think the dishes I make from recipes at home are more authentically Italian than what is available at Olive Garden, but they insist that their chefs are trained at their culinary institute in Tuscany, so go figure. Still, most of the pasta dishes I've had here are good, like the Capellini Pomodoro, a simple but filling dish of capellini pasta, tomato and basil, tossed with olive oil. And you can't beat the soup, salad and breadsticks - all unlimited - for $7.95! The service here is usually very good, and the restaurant is clean and well maintained. The only odd thing is that you can barely find the place. The only signage they have is a stencil on the front door. If you were driving by looking for it, you'd completely miss it. All in all definitely a good lunch alternative.
The Olive Garden surpassed my expectations, both in service and food quality. I had always thought of the Olive Garden as a generic place to eat mediocre food if you couldn't find anywhere better. My colleagues and I came here for lunch a few weeks ago, and it has quickly become a favorite lunch spot for us. The service is outstanding, the prices are very reasonable, and the pasta is some of the best I've eaten in any chain restaurant. The meals are healthy, fresh, and served quickly. They even ask us if we're in a hurry when we sit down so they can pace our meal accordingly. Great all-round eating experience.