So this week has been CRAAAAZY. I typed this blog post about four times but never finished it. Anyway.
Recently, I was house sitting in Downers Grove for the week and I had never been to downtown Downers Grove, except to the mystical magical ice cream place on the train tracks of Main Street called Everyday’s a Sundae (which I also recommend all the time, but that’s for another blog post). I had walked by Gatto’s twice in the past few days while investigating downtown and because of the windows on the side of the building that opened the whole dining room up to the street without ruining the intimacy, I was definitely interested. So I borrowed my friend Carolyn since we have similar taste in food and wine, and we went to investigate downtown Downers Grove’s food scene.
Walking in to the building, you just seat yourself, which was a little unnerving because usually there are signs telling you what to do. There’s a very big open space for dining, one that almost looks like a patio and one that’s smaller and more intimate into the back of the restaurant. There’s a whole area for the bar, which is set up very nicely. There’s low hanging lamps and the lighting is dim to create a romantic atmosphere but it’s not too low that you have to squint at your partner while you eat. They also had a chalkboard menu! I was pretty stoked about that because it felt very rustic but still had an air of elegance, like I was in California.
We were greeted within two minutes of sitting down, which was perfect because I know that’s customary at the restaurant I work at so that was very nice. We were also approached by a busboy with a basket of hot bread in a basket with some olive oil and butter too. Hot bread. Very impressed. My friend had a glass of their merlot and I ordered a dry white wine; he brought me red instead but I wasn’t unopposed to the glass of cab that they brought me, it was dry and delicious.
We both ordered specials, I got a farfalle with scallops in lemon butter and Carolyn ordered a cioppino, which wasn’t on the menu and they also made it the way she wanted, which was with no mussels and extra shrimp served over pasta instead of in a broth. Again, very impressed.
The food wasn’t long awaited, which was nice because we were both dying of hunger. We also both received HUGE PLATES OF PASTA. As a poor college student, I appreciate huge plates of pasta because it means two or three meals. My dish was a little heavy on oil but still super super good, very balanced in flavour. The scallops melted in my mouth in a beautiful way. Scallops are wonderful. Carolyn’s cioppino was delicious, I got to eat all her squid too, since she apparently wasn’t a fan of it.
All and all, fantastic place for a date. Definitely recommend any of the pasta and wine dishes. My only thing would be that it was a little expensive, so if you’re going to come here, prepare yourself and your wallet (it was $50 for both of us). But your lady will be very impressed.
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