REVIEW: Garibaldi

There are only a few things in life that make me happy…homemade food and some great company to share it with.

Garibaldi, an Italian restaurant is quietly tucked away in the corner of Purvis street. Easy to miss it if you drive fast or you aren’t as eagle eyed as you hoped you’d be. I’ve been going to Garibaldi for the last 5 years now, so frequently that the waiters know my order in and out. This is a short review of the meals I simply can’t resist when I visit Garibaldi, it really does feel like you’re dining in Italy.

First dish: Mozzarella di bufala
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This plate comprises of all the good in the world. It’s delicious, it’s fresh (flown in from Italy every weekend) and it goes great with all your other starters. I don’t particularly love the presentation here, I find that it was presented in a sloppy manner, with an extra placement of flowers however, when it comes to eating- this is a winner!

Second dish: (not in the menu anymore, however if you request it- they’ll be happy to serve it to you.) Wagyu beef with roasted rosemary potatoes and porcini mushrooms. (medium-rare)

This is a personal favorite. The beef was cooked to perfection, medium-rare, just the way I like it.

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Third dish: Gnocchi Al Gorgonzola

This Gnocchi dish isn’t your typical plate of potato dumplings, it’s mixed with spinach, and it tastes mad good. Gorgonzola is a type of Italian blue cheese, the same cheese that was used to make this plate of goodness. When I hear blue cheese, I cringe- I really do. It’s one of my least favorite foods for lots of reasons, but that’s a story for another day. However, this is something special. Gorgonzola doesn’t provide an overpowering taste nor does it taste too salty. It complimented the spinach, allowing it to be the star of this dish.

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Fourth dish: Fettuccine Pomodoro E Basilico 18035634_1903073573267666_43752987_n

Lastly,  Tortino Caldo Al Cioccolato (Molten Lava cake with vanilla gelato & Pineapple Compote)

Every dessert must have a small component of chocolate to completely satisfy your palate. We ended our meal with a filling molten lava cake with a scoop of vanilla gelato and fresh pineapple compote at the side. The lava cake is extremely decadent, with the perfect amounts of dark chocolate making sure that the sweetness isn’t overpowering. The serving size of the vanilla gelato was perfect, small yet allowed the cake to secure the spotlight.

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There are plenty of other foods to be enjoyed in this restaurant- these were just few of my favorite dishes. Overall, I think that while the food is exceptionally tasty, it might be a little expensive for some. The service is incredible, the servers are not only patient but very knowledgable about the food and make great recommendations. I would definitely say that Garibaldi is worth the visit- the food is great and fresh ingredients are flown in from Italy every weekend. It is a great place for lunch or dinner or even if you want to get a drink.

If you do visit, hope you enjoy it as much as I do! Bon appetite!

Ratings:
Food: 5/5
Ambience: 3.5/5
Service: 5/5
Worth a visit:4.5/5

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