Friday, September 25, 2009
279 Boston Road Billerica, MA 01862
G’vanni’s Ristorante opened last October, is close to Carlisle and offers some bargains in Italian dining. One day, I needed a break and wanted to eat nearby. We arrived at G’vanni’s at 2:30 p.m. and immediately were seated by a very pleasant waitress/hostess. Not that we expect to see a crowd at this time of day, but her graciousness was appreciated.
G’vanni’s has a lunch menu as well as many specials. I was longing for eggplant so I ordered eggplant parmesan with pasta at $9.99. The entree proved to be large and I had a choice of various pastas. I could have had soup or salad for an additional $2.99, but skipped that. My husband Alex decided on a daily special and it was chicken limone over linguine at $7.99. We both had enough for another meal and the parsimonious Parkers, of course, took home the leftovers.
G’vanni’s Ristorante is an offshoot of a Boston restaurant in the North End. The food is well prepared and in the evening they often have extra specials. For example, they have one on Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This, they call “AVEALLY GOOD DEAL.” This is not a misspelling; it is their idea of emphasizing that you can get two dinners with a bottle of wine for $29.99.
Clearly, the economy has hit many restaurants. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. some of them are trying very hard to lure people with lower prices. The salads range in price from a fresh garden salad $5 to a Pomodoro Grande with Gorgonzola cheese and grilled shrimp at $11. Clearly this, along with bread, is more than a small meal.
In the evening, the prices vary from spaghetti and meatballs at $14, to a stuffed veal chop at $29. G’vanni’s serves an item called N.Y. strip Mafioso which I have never seen before on a menu. It is sliced strip sirloin, cooked to order, with tri-color peppers, onions and other vegetables at $23.
G’vanni’s is not hard to find. Just go out Treble Cove Road until it intersects with Route 3A at the lights by McDonald’s and then turn right. The parking lot and restaurant are located there. Weekends seem to be quite busy, even in this economy, so they are making people happy with the food and specials – also, the large Tanqueray martini is $8.50. Check them out soon and mention that you read about it in the Mosquito! ∆
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