If you love Italian food, but want to try something more authentic than homemade spaghetti or Olive Garden bread sticks, Grazie is the way to go! Don’t get me wrong, I love Olive Garden and homemade spaghetti, but there’s just something beautiful about fresh ingredients and authentic Italian recipes. Who knew Southcenter had some of the best Calamari and Tiramisu in town?! I’m a fan of Italian food. I love pasta, lots of sauce and typically how fresh everything is. Grazie has all of that and more!
Of course their food is incredible, but we’ll get back to that. The ambiance at this place is fantastic! Romantically lit, adorably decorated. It’s cozy and quaint. This restaurant has all of that and still remains classy and elegant. It’s a great place to go for lunch with a friend or to take your date for dinner! (They’re only open for dinner on the weekends.) On top of all that, they have a great wait-staff. Service was consistently good from all hosts and servers. Grazie is located in Southcenter in the corner of a shopping center in between Car Toys and Men’s Warehouse. I’ve lived here my whole life, and to be honest, didn’t notice it for years. I think that’s part of what makes it so great though, it truly is a hidden gem!
Now let’s get back to the important stuff, the food. Good. So good. My husband got an order of Calamari which he loves. And both him and others who have gone here and love Calamari agree Grazie nailed it. Cooked for a perfect amount of time, great breading, with dipping sauce. Personally, I do not love Calamari, but I did give it a try and if I was a Calamari fan I’m sure there’s would be my favorite. I also got a house salad with italian dressing and mozzarella on top. It was light and fresh! One of my favorite things was their bread and olive oil. Silly considering that was the free stuff. But it was delicious! I’m not sure what all they use to flavor their olive oil but they’re herb and spice mixture was incredible. For the main course my husband ordered Fettuccine Alfredo with Shrimp and I ordered Chicken Parmigiana which was served with vegetables and pasta. His Alfredo was a good flavor and consistency and my Chicken Parmigiana was fried nicely and had a good layer of sauce and mozzarella melted on top. All of it was amazing!
Last, but not least, was dessert. We ordered Tiramisu and Cappuccinos. Coffee! Coffee! Coffee! What’s funny about all of this is that my husband likes coffee, but he doesn’t quite love it yet, and everything we ordered for dessert was saturated with espresso. The great part was, he liked it! And so did I. Their Tiramisu was fantastic, well made, beautiful layers, with rich coffee flavor. Well soaked. My husband (who isn’t a huge coffee drinker) even liked their Cappuccinos. Of course, I loved them being the coffee enthusiast I am. Perfect amount of foam, really cool cups and two sugar cubes for sweetener. The espresso was a bit strong and a little bitter, but it was perfect with the Tiramisu. It really balanced out the sweetness. I would highly suggest this pairing. As good as this was, I can’t wait to go back and try some of their other dessert options. They had many other amazing options.
Overall, I give this place two thumbs up! I will definitely go back. I look forward to trying more of their authentic recipes and fresh ingredients. If you love Italian food and want to go someplace local for something fantastic, this is a great choice. All in all I say, Gracias Grazie!
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