Four of us went with a friend who has been going to Gerardo's for years (even when they were in Littleton, NH). She LOVES this place, so we expected an outstanding experience. Well, Gerardo's fell far below "outstanding" to "just ok". The restaurant was fairly full (it was a Friday night); however, we were seated immediately. There was only one server, who doubled as the hostess, bartender, bus girl, and cashier. It took her 15 minutes to take our drink order. One of the people in our party ordered a mixed drink, and was given something that looked nothing like what he ordered. He drank it anyway. No water was brought to the table.
The menu was huge, with all sorts of mouth watering dishes. My food was very good and everyone else seemed to like theirs as well; however, one of our friends pasta was ice cold. She sent it back and it was immediately heated. We were half-way through our meal before we were able to get the waitresses attention so we could get some Parmesan cheese, this is an Italian restaurant after all. I know I am being really picky here; but, when you pay $24.00 for a plate of ravioli, there really should be fresh ground pepper on the table or at least offered. I did not like the bread and seasoned olive oil that was brought to the table. The bread was dry, and the oil did not have a good flavor.
Like some of the other reviewers said, the place really needs a make over. There was no real ambiance, the place was more like a living room with family pictures on the wall than a business. It was very clean. Dinner was served in frying pans which was different, but did not bother me or the other people in my party. All in all it was ok. I would not drive 45 minutes again to eat there; however, if I happened to be in St. Johnsbury, and was hungry, I would stop in.
I hate giving such a mediocre review. I really wanted to love this restaurant. I do believe Gerardo's has the potential to be amazing. The young couple that were running it that night are very sweet and want to do a great job, I think they just need some professional help and the space needs a makeover.
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