Went to Gio's/Ellenton with a friend last night after a 2 year absence. Must say - very disappointed and won't give it a 3rd chance.
Here's how the evening went - sat outside - asked twice for water - finally had to go inside and ask - waiter brings one glass of water (I guess we were supposed to share). No waiter -so went inside to ask for one glass of wine and salt, pepper etc. - waiter brings 2 glasses of wine and no salt/pepper.
We ordered a calamari appetizer, spinach salad, and a large pizza -all to share:
The calamari and salad come out at the same time and a few minutes later the pizza comes out - so by the time we get to the pizza it's lukewarm. The calamari was just huge fried dough balls that didn't even taste like calamari-truly, the worst I've ever had, and the $10 salad was so small - not a great value. The only saving grace of the evening was that the lukewarm pizza was good.
We all know that a good waiter can make even a dismal evening turn out ok, but our waiter must have had a bad day because he was in no mood to be cheery - we truly felt like we were bothering him. He was rushing us to finish and leave! Halfway through the lukewarm pizza he comes over to ask if we are done and would we like a to-go box.
Needless to say - a very poor dining experience.
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