Thursday, August 29, 2013

Alexandria Restaurant Week 2013: Geranio

I just start working in Old Town so I have been on the lookout for some good restaurants to try and it just so happens to be restaurant week so I invited a few girlfriends out to try Geranio with me.

The inside is super adorable, perfect ambiance for a date night or a special dinner.
They bring out bread and butter, the bread was warm and delicious. 
For the first course both Kristen and I ordered the Potato Gnocchi with Pancetta and Mushrooms in a Lemon Cream. When reading reviews for this place it was listed as one of the more popular items and it definitely lived up to and exceeded expectations. The actual gnocchi was perfectly cooked and textured while the sauce was creamy, yet light and flavorful. I highly recommend this dish. 
Nadia ordered the Tomato, Goat Cheese and Arugula Salad with Pine Nuts and Lemon Vinaigrette. Pretty basic salad and she enjoyed it.
For the second course both the girls ordered the Seared Shrimp Linguine with Garlic, Chilies, Tomatoes, Tarragon and Cream. Kristen said it was delicious, the shrimp was cooked well, and the sauce was flavored well and not too heavy.
I ordered the Cappellini with Smoked Chicken, Field Mushrooms, Spinach, Garlic XVOO. This was ok, I am not a big fan of thin noodles (I did not know cappellini was thin at the time of ordering) and compared to the rest of the dishes this entree did not provide any new or exciting flavors.
For the third course we all ordered the Grilled Atlantic Salmon with Mashed Potatoes, Pancetta, Roasted Garlic & Shallots in a Red Wine Sauce. The salmon was cooked perfectly and all of the flavors were amazing. The red wine sauce was spectacular, definitely worth sopping up with some bread if there is any sauce left.
For desserts we ordered the Tiramisu and Fresh Red Berries with Marsala Sabayon. Both delicious in their own ways depending on the type of dessert you are in the mood for.
I was really happy with all of the food choices and genuinely can't wait to come back here to try some of their other items (or get the salmon or gnocchi...worth a repeat performance). The service was also spectacular, they were very attentive and we ended up staying so late chatting and drinking wine we pretty much closed out the restaurant...whoops, but the point is they were nice with it and told us to stay as late as we wanted.

If you are looking for somewhere to go to for restaurant week (Alexandria's ends Sept 1) I would highly recommend this place, you might want to make a reservation, it was packed when we got there. Best portions I have seen on a menu for restaurant week, in fact they were too much to eat (I left my second dish pretty much untouched in preparation for the salmon).

722 King Street
Alexandria, VA
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  1. Oh wow Alexandria's sounds amazingggg!

  2. Sounds like a wonderful place to dine.... love big portions. :)