Having grown up with a mother and uncles who made home-made authentic Northern Italian cuisine, I am really picky when it comes to Italian restaurants. You will NEVER catch me in that famous Italian chain restaurant. Having said that, Enzo’s food passes the “authentic” test. So here we go.
Finding Enzo’s is not easy – kind of like looking for Bigfoot. Housed in the back part of a strip mall next to the discount Bluelight Cinemas and a dance studio, they only have a couple of poorly-lit banners as signage. Nearby parking is plentiful, except if there’s a dance recital happening. Then you’ll have to play “Dodge ‘Em Cars” with all the dance moms in their luxury SUVs.
The restaurant is upscale, clean and neat. Very low noise level.
Service is excellent.
As to the food, things you should not miss:
The Beet and Goat Cheese Salad. If you’re a beet fan like me, this is for you.
The Caprese Salad. A standard in good Italian places, this one is on the mark.
A word about gnocchi – they look easy to make, but they are not. I’ve tried many times, but have not been able to match my mother’s. To me, a good gnocchi is a litmus test for Italian places. Enzo’s has 2 types, the Gnocchi al Sugo di Angnello (which is a lamb-based dish) and Gnocchi Al Pesto. They both impress.
My companion had the Chicken Parmigiana, and not only was it good, the portion was enormous.
For dessert, I ordered the Tiramisu, thinking it would be your typical lady-finger based dessert. Instead, this was their house recipe – the consistency was parfait-like, with mild flakes of pastry crumbs, tasted great, not overly sweet. A refreshing surprise!
Be warned - Enzo’s is a premium place. If you’re wanting one if the “unlimited pasta’ places, take your coupons elsewhere - this is not for you. Our bill for two - meal and desserts, plus a bottle of wine - was a shade north of $100 with tip.
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