Friday, September 7, 2007

Limoncello's, Goshen, NY

I have been to Limoncello's at least a half dozen times now, and I have probably had just as many different experiences there.

All-in-all, I have to say that they certainly have good food, and they do try hard. Even when things have not gone my way, the management has done their best to accommodate me and to make amends. And I can get pretty cranky when things don't go my way.

Take, for example, the Saturday night I went there with my honey. I think it was our third time there, and I had made reservations well in advance because I wanted to be seated at the table in front of the fireplace. He was coming up from Yonkers, and had hit some traffic, so was running a little late. I called them to let them know, and reminded them of the reserved table when I spoke to them. I was told it was no problem. However, when we arrived, tables had been pushed together for a party of 8, who sat -- you guessed it -- right in front of the fireplace.

The room to the right was packed full. In fact, it was the first time I had ever seen so many tables and chairs in that room. But there we were seated. A little table for two, right in front of the door, in this extremely loud room. We literally had to shout to each other to have a conversation. Not exactly the romantic date I had planned. But, as I mentioned, the management apologized profusely and brought us a complimentary hors douvre and cocktail. The manager also checked in with us throughout the night, making sure we were well taken care of.

So how did this visit compare to my very first visit to Limoncello's? It couldn't have been more different. My boyfriend and I had dinner at Limoncello's on our second date. In fact, that is where I started to fall in love with him. We sat in the big room to the right. It was mid-week, and they had a piano player. I have been told since then that they don't have a piano player mid-week, but for whatever reason, they did this day.

The room had a good amount of people in it, but it wasn't crowded. The tables were well spread apart, and we had a wonderfully romantic dinner. The food is always excellent, and on this particular night I had ordered the Limoncello Chicken - one of my favorite dishes. Vinny had one of the steaks, which was cooked to perfection and had a wonderfully yummy sauce on it. I'm not sure what cut it was, but it was delicious. I know this because he shared it with me. I'm pretty sure that was one of the things that influenced my falling in love with him :) . Sharing our meals has become customar--that is when we don't wind up ordering the same thing, which we often do. The sharing of dessert is a must, and Limoncello's tiramisu is perfect for sharing.

One of my favorite things about Limoncello's is the complimentary shot of limoncello that you receive after dinner. I had actually never had limoncello before meeting Vinny, but it just so happens that his house in Italy is right near Amalfi, which is where limoncello is made. It is growing in popularity here in the states and being a big fan, I can certainly understand why.

So, tell us about your experiences at Limoncello's. What are your favorite menu items? Do you enjoy the food as much as I do? And what about that complimentary after-dinner drink? Do you agree with me when I say those Italians really know how to please the pallet?

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