the restaurant is cute and of course, reeks of garlic. i know, i know, it's italian, but seriously... garlic does not translate to authentic, nor does it translate to gourmet. places these days are so heavy handed with garlic and carnival is, sadly, one of them. i don't understand the reviews that say the sauce is bland. i ordered the fish special "without garlic" knowing that there would be some garlic in it, because the waitress told me so between chomping her gum, and yes, she actually cracked her gum while table-side. with just the touch of garlic the fish was fresh tasting and delicious, but it was a small portion. my husband's linguine in red clam sauce had more garlic pieces than clams. when i pointed it out to the waitress she said, "yeah, dey add it extra. (chomp, chomp, crack). ya gotta tell em if ya don't want it cuz dey make it ta orda. (chomp, chomp, crack). " none of the extra garlic is indicated on the menu. i am so tired of navigating the garlic minefield when i just want some nice, well prepared italian. please don't judge me, a lot of people feel the same way i do, but it's really, really embarrassing to have to bring it up. i'm not sure if this scandinavian, california girl will be going back to "garli-val"
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