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Restaurant Review: Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse

Full Disclosure: I paid for this meal with my own money and am not being compensated in any way for writing this post.  As always, the opinions are completely my own.

Last weekend was my grandparent’s 60th wedding anniversary.  While 60 years is a pretty big deal, they didn’t want a big celebration. (They had a pretty big celebration for their 50th) We ended up going to dinner at Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse with just the immediate family.  And yes, Baby A came too, it was her second restaurant outing, and she slept through almost all of it which worked out well. I had been there a couple of times before, but not in several years, so I really didn’t know what the menu would be like.

They seated us in a little area that was all our own, which worked out perfectly.  It wasn’t technically a separate room, but it was a good amount of space for 9 of us plus Baby A in her stroller.  I’m not sure if this area is always reserved for larger parties, or if we just got lucky because it was earlier than typical dinner time.

The meal started out with fresh focaccia bread which you could dip in olive oil and/or parmesan cheese.  It was warm and soft and delicious.

focaccia

All of the entrée’s came with a salad option.  The standard is the typical Italian house salad, but there were a couple of other options to choose from as well.  I got the house salad (which is unlimited and served family style) and it was good and pretty typical for a house salad, but the husband got the Crusted Goat Cheese salad and I tried some and it was delicious.

salad

goatcheese

It included crisp greens, pecan crusted goat cheese, apple, gorgonzola cheese, and a balsamic vinaigrette.  Next time I would definitely order that salad instead.

For my entrée I had one of their daily specials which was penne pasta in a garlic butter sauce with beef tips and veggies and topped with cheese.  (it was basically light Alfredo sauce). I wasn’t sure how I would like it because sometimes beef in that style can be chewy and not very flavorful, but this was actually really good.  The beef was tender and flavorful, and the sauce was just the right about of creamy without being too heavy.

pasta

The husband had the other special for his entrée.  Salmon stuffed with tilapia and risotto with a crab cake and asparagus with a buerre blanc sauce.  He enjoyed the meats, but learned that he isn’t a fan of that type of sauce.

salmon

Other entrées at the table included smothered steak, prime rib, and spaghetti with meat sauce.  All of the portions were huge (especially considering there was also salad and bread) and everyone enjoyed their meals.  Our waiter was very nice and accommodating as well, and two different times members of the management (or at least I assume that is who they were) came to make sure we were doing ok and wished my grandparents a happy anniversary.

Taste: A, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed my meal, and everyone else seemed to enjoy theirs as well.
Cost: A, I don’t remember exactly how much everything cost, but I don’t remember it being extraordinarily expensive, especially considering the the amount of food we got.

Would I go there again? Yes.  I like that it is a nicer place, but not so upscale that I feel like I need to dress up fancy.

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