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eat: Gonzo

Had an awesome meal at Gonzo last night. Probably one of the best of the whole trip.

  • Appetizer: Rice Balls
  • Entree: Duck Ravioli and Margherita/Spicy Sausage & Broccoli Rabe pizza
  • Dessert: Pecan Praline Ice Cream Sandwich

The Rice Balls were a smaller, more flavorful, arancini. The filling was prosciutto, peas, and mozzerella. There was also a very strong (meyer?) lemon flavor that was tasty but a bit overpowering at times. But on the whole, they were really good.

The ravioli was filled with duck, carmelized butternut squash and ricotta in a sage, brown butter sauce. I’ve had a lot of squash ravioli in brown butter sauce and in almost every case, the squash is completely overpowering. In this case, however, there was a perfect balance.

The pizza is a house specialty. The crust is a grilled, perfectly crunchy, flatbread with topings including savory pumpkin puree, oyster mushrooms and bel paese cheese. The house gladly did a half and half pizza so that we could sample the different offerings. The spicy sausage and broccoli complimented each other well. And the margherita, while nothing special, was solid and didn’t disappoint.

If it weren’t for the ravioli, I’d say that the dessert was the highlight. The homemade Tahitian vanilla gelato was a perfect match for the almost meringue-like pecan praline cookies. The entire thing was drizzled with a dark chocolate and dusted with powdered sugar. I know, I know… If it sounds good, imagine how it tasted.

Overall, it was an amazing meal and I’d definitely go back. I’ve certainly been to lots of restaurants but what sets a place a part is the completeness of the menu. I’ve gone to many places where only a few of the items on the menu are stars while the rest are…”eh”. Not only was every thing I tasted at Gonzo delicious, but there were many other things that I would have like to have tried. I’d highly recommend it if you’re ever in the neighborhood.

Rating: 4 out of 5 plates

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