I also plan to dabble in resto reviews here on the blog-o. I eat alot in the city and find its hard to find recent or relevant updates on places. So here I go. Note: not so into taking pics at restaurants. Maybe this will change but not at the moment.
Folino’s is an Italian joint located on E Carson Street in the Southside. It is adjoining Young’s Tavern and kinda sorta Tom’s Diner. According to the Folino’s website all establishments are owned by the same family. And everyone remembers this incident, right? Fab.
We had a large group and no reservations for a Friday night – luckily Folino’s was able to accomodate. Not sure if this is a good or bad thing but we went with it. All pastas and entress were served with soup or salad and bread, which is nice. Service was fairly attentive. Fueled by wine (and maybe a few Fatheads brews) the group overwhelmingly enjoyed their meals. As it was a Friday during Lent, we had a few non meat eaters – not a ton of options on the menu for them – but a few settled on ravioli, a few on shrimp scampi, one on a salmon caesar (moi) and the kitchen even whipped up an alfredo for another (not on the menu). A few plates were sent back for reheating – perplexing, given that the restaurant wasn’t full. Oh well.
This is definitely a red sauce joint. Several dishes (gnocchi, rav) did taste homemade, which was refreshing. Salads were surprisingly large and fresh. Price point works. If you don’t want to wait 3 hours for a table at Fatheads, check out Folino’s.