Richard and I have had a hankerin’ for Italian, and each day on my way to work we pass by a restaurant named Italians. So – logical choice for dinner tonight!
Wow – we were really impressed. We had made a reservation but didn’t really know if we needed one or not. Note to self – reservation needed. We arrived at 6pm on a Friday night and there were already quite a few tables taken (and it appeared nearly every table was already reserved). As the evening went on, it became even more crowded. They certainly do a nice business! I was also surprised by how many of the customers seemed to know each other. Over and over again, people from one table recognized and greeted those at another. This suggests that Italians has already become a neighborhood fave.
No wines were on the menu, but a complimentary glass of wine was offered and it’s also fine to BYOB (and we saw several people bringing in their own). We were just fine with the free vino – what a nice gesture.
Our waiter was friendly and helpful. And he was quite a busy young man. He seemed to have quite a few tables, but he was on top of his game. I was especially impressed with the check that arrived practically seconds after we asked for it (Yeah, yeah, yeah!).
Richard started out with bruschetta. Oh my – these looked so beautiful. And from what Richard said, beautiful looks translated into beautiful tastes. He said that the tomatoes tasted incredibly fresh.
Richard ordered a shrimp dish with rissotto for his entree. Since Italians doesn’t have a website and I’d had my free wine by the time we ordered, I’m a bit fuzzy on the details. But just look at the photo – it looked delish. It came with a side dish, and carbo-lovin’ Richard went with the roasted taters (also delish-looking and tasting, per his report). I heard lots of “Man, this is good” statements from across the table, so I’m interpreting that as a thumbs up on that meal.
I had one of the evening’s specials – pesto lasagna. Mmmmmm. I would love to see this on the regular menu, as it was just lovely to look at and lovely to eat. It was perfectly seasoned, as well. Just loveliness on a plate!
The basket of bread was much appreciated. Richard said it’s the best restaurant-served bread he’s had since our arrival in El Paso several months ago. He loved the crustiness of these bread slices. Our server was kind enough to bring us a second basket of bread, and we scarfed that up too. It was very tasty bread!
Dessert time! Nothing too big or overwhelming here, but the taste factor was sure good. Richard ordered the chocoate bavarian and loved the lightness of it, as well as the accompanying blackberries. I went with the bread pudding. Being the dessert hog that I am, I would have loved to have had it topped with whipped cream or ice cream. But for those who love simplicity, this would be an excellent choice with lots of good taste.
We were really impressed with Italians. The servers and mangers really seemed on top of things, and they managed the many diners quite expertly. As we left, one of the managers made sure to connect with us and ask that we return again. And to that we can say – oh yes, we certainly will.
Italians is located at 5380 North Mesa Street #110 El Paso, TX 79912 (west side)