100 E Montgomery St Ste 110, Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Fax: (360) 419-0678
Fax Number: (360) 419-0678
Il Granaio Italian Restaurant
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Parking: Lot, Free, Private
Bike Parking: Yes
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Take Out, Fast Food, Italian, European, Continental
Alcohol: Beer, Full Bar, Wine
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Price Range : Average
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06/21/2012Provided by Citysearch -
2.5 stars rounded up to three. Several reasons why.
Overall, the service felt a bit forced, as though someone had locked up our server's family and the only way they could go free was if she waited tables all night. She was mostly polite and mostly cordial, but definitely not friendly nor engaged in the least.
We ordered soup (tomato), salad (Insalata del Granaio: mixed baby greens tossed in our balsamic vinaigrette, served with crumbled Gorgonzola, tomatoes and pistachios) and pasta (Bucatini Amatriciana: bucatini pasta sautéed in a spicy tomato sauce, with onion and pancetta, topped with parmesan). The tomato soup was simply out of this world. Amazing. One of the best I've ever tasted. If I were to rate Il Granaio on that alone, it'd be 5+ stars. The tough thing is, it went downhill from there.
The salad arrived and was delicious. The thing is, it was also way overpriced for what it was. Greens, vinaigrette, an eighth of a tomato, a tablespoon each of pistachios and gorgonzola and it was $13. Hmm.
Next up, the bucatini Amatriciana. I need to preface this by saying that we fell in love with bucatini all'Amatriciana in Rome. We also found a place in Portland who makes a great one, and I make it at home often now, too. So, we do know our preferences in this particular dish. The bucatini itself was about twice the normal circumference, which tripped us up a bit, as that was new. The other thing (and yes, this is my own weird quirk) was the onions. Most often, the onion is grated and incorporated into the sauce - this, I love, as I cannot stand onions unless they are well-hidden and adding flavor but not seen. These onions, while beautifully caramelized, were nevertheless solid and so I picked them out and the hubs ate them all. Perhaps because I picked out the savory aspect of the onions, the remaining tomato sauce was way too sweet and the teeny-tiny three bits of smoky pancetta were not enough in volume to counteract the pure sweet of the sauce. To be fair, I believe that if the onions were Vitamixed after caramelization and then incorporated into the sauce, that may have made a difference and produced a well-rounded dish. The way it was presented, however, lacked flavor with the exception of overly-sweet tomato. Serious bummer as all'Amatriciana is not seen on a lot of menus so we order it whenever we do find it. And the price of this dish was a bit steep as well, almost $20 for a pasta dish (and no, the three bits of pancetta DO NOT count as a proper protein in the dish). Maybe because it is in Mount Vernon, not really close to a major city? But then again, they do have a Costco so the town's big enough. I don't understand the pricing but did leave feeling that we'd been taken advantage of.
11/21/2005Provided by Citysearch -
This is my favorite restaurant in our area~ and just a favorite in general. Alberto, the owner is very entertaining. He's always coming out to talk to the customers, and the women love him! The food and wine is just exquisite! Very authentic Italian food. I would recommend this to everyone! And I think I have! I always get nothing but ""thank you for telling us about this place!"" very enjoyable