Psst. Hey. Hey, you. Cmere
Hey, man. You like Italian food?
Yeah, Ill bet you do. Everybody does.
You like big portions? You like tasty sauces? Did you like the old County Line building, with the stables and the high ceilings?
Then let me introduce you to Gabriellas Italian Grill & Pizzeria.
Gabriellas is Italy by way of Texas, which means big flavors and plates overflowing with food. Even the appetizers are big. Like the zuppli ($9), two big Parmesan risotto balls stuffed with Italian sausage and mozzarella and then fried. Think of a small apple, but instead of fruit, its creamy rice, cheese and meat.
God, why cant all apples be zuppli?
First thing I do when I find a wish-granting genie. (I will rub every lamp in this city until I find one!) For something a little lighter, the bruschetta ($9) is grilled bread topped with basil, tomato, garlic, olive oil and vinegar. Its fresh and crisp and good.
My wife got the Italian chicken gnocchi ($5 for a cup, $11 for a bowl, $12 for a bread bowl) and its her new go-to when shes sick. Better than chicken noodle by a mile, its a creamy broth with big chunks of chicken, carrots, onion, garlic and spinach. The gnocchi is tender with a slight chew. Its a must-try.
But youre probably thinking about pasta, right? I know I am. Constantly. Im thinking of talking to a psychiatrist about it.
Hmm? Sorry. I recommend the Coal Miners Spaghetti ($16). First of all, the portion is big enough for dinner and lunch (or breakfast) the next day. And you might consider breakfast because its a peppery spaghetti tossed with big chunks of bacon, peas and garlic. Oh, and a fried egg on top. Its basically a deconstructed carbonara.
There are plenty of other pasta choices. The pasta pomodoro ($12) is nice and spicy, with tomatoes, basil and garlic tossed with olive oil and linguine. If you want your dinner with a kick, this is definitely the way to go.
Hungry for a classic? The Mommas Spaghetti with Meatballs ($14) is almost certainly better than your mom made. I mean, I dont know your mom, but lets be honest did she make a slightly sweet marinara herself? Did she make her own meatballs? Exactly.
(Dont worry, however. Second wish is definitely that everybodys mom makes amazing homemade marinara and meatballs. I could use your help finding more lamps to rub, if you want to pitch in.)
Hey, how about the five-layer lasagna ($16)? Gabriellas rolls its own pasta sheets for this and stuffs it full of sweet Italian sausage. Its finished in the big brick oven in back, and its fabulous.
My wife got the Mac n Cheese ($16), which is not necessarily what I think of as Italian food, but it was ridiculously creamy and had pieces of pecan-smoked bacon.
Theres so much more. The menu is a mile long, and honestly, I havent had a bad dish yet. Chicken and mushrooms marsala ($18), chicken picatta ($18), and shrimp fra diava ($20) were all great.
How about the pizzas? Check out the Milano Neapolitan ($16) with mushrooms, caramelized onions, Gabriellas house-made Italian sausage and a lot of white cheeses. Its so good. It cannot be good for you, Im certain, but Im just going to keep ordering it.
My only problem? I really need to find a genie. Because I need to wish for the unlimited bank account it will take to keep eating at Gabriellas every other day. Its classic red-sauce Italian. Theres a nice beer and wine list. The service is peppy and enthusiastic.
If youre wishing for a fun
and filling night out, this should be on your list of destinations.
Thankfully, somebody else already asked the genie to bring Gabriellas
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