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This was the first dining room that St. Louis-born restaurateur (and occasional actor) Michael Garozzo opened in 1989. After a bungled burglary and, in 2003, a fire that nearly destroyed the building, he gave the first-floor restaurant an attractive face-lift. Customers still pack the place for Garozzo's signature chicken spiedini dishes, fresh fish, hearty pastas and bowls heaped with tender — and inexpensive — pork neckbones.
Loved this place. We started with the Sicilian Garlic Dip and bread. Divine, especially for a garlic fan like me. It's VERY garlicky. I had the Linguine Frutti Di Mare, my gf had the Spiedini di pollo ala Samantha, and my guy friend ordered the Hill Special with penne and Italian sausage. We sampled everyone's dishes and they were all fantastic. The portions are HUGE and therefore I find the prices very reasonable, not in the realm of "cheap" (especially since it's pasta and you know they're making a killing) but definitely reasonable. I'm quite frugal and I'd go on a monthly basis with no issue if my waste line could take it. Hint: it couldn't! Like I said the portions are HUGE, the food is FANTASTIC, and it's carb and saturated fat heaven. Not the place to go on a diet. But you will not regret this indulgence. We finished with the Tiramisu and it was lovely. We had a few glasses of wine and a beer too and it was all great. My Riesling was delightful and chilled oh so perfectly. The only thing keeping this from being a truly 5 star experience was our waiter. He wasn't horrible, but he wasn't great. We had a birthday in the party and you get a free chicken Spiedini on your birthday and he neglected to tell us this. They did sing and bring a scoop of ice cream to the birthday boy though. Go! It's the best Italian food I've had...well, ever!
Every time I go into Garozzo's I feel like I'm on the set of "The Godfather." They play nothing but Frank Sinatra music. They've got all the pictures of the famous Italians and all the celebrities who've ever eaten in there. And Michael Garozzo the owner's in there, and he's that stereotypical hefty Italian guy. I'm thinking, "Damn - is this a movie set? Does Francis Ford Coppola own the place?" They have a good wine list. It's a good date place, too - they keep it very dark. When you get your bread, order a side of pasta sauce. You can never finish a meal here. Only thing is, they go crazy on the garlic. Whenever you eat at Garozzo's, you end up having to brush your teeth five times a day three days later. It's not a good first date, because it's thick. You have to have been going out with somebody for a while, because garlic and red wine will kill you.
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