Garduno's Express Cuisine

★★☆☆☆

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Sun 4:30pm-9pm, Mon-Thu 11:30am-9pm, Fri 11:30am-10pm, Sat 24 Hours

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The host siad it would be about a 45 minute wait to be seated but it really took over an hour and a half. If we had any idea that it would take that long, we would have left. It was lighly raining out and there was no room to wait inside. When we got tired of being cold and wet, we stood in the doorway inside and were amazed to see the empty tables. I asked if we could be sat but the staff person said the kitchen was backed up so they didn't want to seat us until they had caught up and could handle more orders. I was blown away that they didn't care that we had been waiting twice as long as they said. When we were sat, the service was ok. It was still busy and the waittress forgot items we asked for several times. With all the other resturants in the area to try, no need to come back here.

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★☆☆☆☆

The host siad it would be about a 45 minute wait to be seated but it really took over an hour and a half. If we had any idea that it would take that long, we would have left. It was lighly raining out and there was no room to wait inside. When we got tired of being cold and wet, we stood in the doorway inside and were amazed to see the empty tables. I asked if we could be sat but the staff person said the kitchen was backed up so they didn't want to seat us until they had caught up and could handle more orders. I was blown away that they didn't care that we had been waiting twice as long as they said. When we were sat, the service was ok. It was still busy and the waittress forgot items we asked for several times. With all the other resturants in the area to try, no need to come back here.

Pros: large portion

Cons: very long wait, pricey

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This is a homey Italian place. Most entrees are less than $15. I have only had the lasagna and I really thought it was good!! Entrees come with a salad. I enjoyed my meal there!

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★★★☆☆

This is a homey Italian place. Most entrees are less than $15. I have only had the lasagna and I really thought it was good!! Entrees come with a salad. I enjoyed my meal there!

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This happened sometime ago. I chose this place because of its inviting size, that is small, intimate, "trattoria" style. I first had a vegetable made soup that became forgettable to the palate at the third spoonful. However, I had built up quite an appetite on that evening so I went further for a linguini "carbonara" which in every sense of the word it was as rancid in flavor and as foul smelling as it could be. I almost vomited after the first bite. Because I consider myself as someone who is rather calm and civilized, I stopped eating at once, asked for the check and paid for a way overpriced "treat" that in a gastronomic scale can be safely categorized as "nauseating" at best. How this place has managed to stay in business this long is absolutely beyond me.

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★☆☆☆☆

This happened sometime ago. I chose this place because of its inviting size, that is small, intimate, "trattoria" style. I first had a vegetable made soup that became forgettable to the palate at the third spoonful. However, I had built up quite an appetite on that evening so I went further for a linguini "carbonara" which in every sense of the word it was as rancid in flavor and as foul smelling as it could be. I almost vomited after the first bite. Because I consider myself as someone who is rather calm and civilized, I stopped eating at once, asked for the check and paid for a way overpriced "treat" that in a gastronomic scale can be safely categorized as "nauseating" at best. How this place has managed to stay in business this long is absolutely beyond me.

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I was doing business in the strip mall where Gardunos is located and was in the mood for spagetti and meatballs but did not feel like cooking. The restaurant is, indeed, small and cramped.

I asked the woman behind the counter, "Are your meatballs fresh?" She said, "Yes". To be sure we were both speaking the same language about "fresh", I asked, "Are they made here, on the premises, versus the frozen kind restaurants buy from Smart & Final?" She replied, "Our meatballs are made off the premises and frozen, but they are made to our 'specs'." I decided to pass on spagetti and meatballs, concerned the meatballs would taste like rubber.

I saw three entrees in the deli case. The edges were dried out on all three, seemingly there much too long. I (mistakenly) said I would try the stuffed chicken breast because the woman behind the counter said it was stuffed with veal, spinach, cheese and creamy mushroom sauce, a good sounding combination. I asked for it over a bed of spagetti, and a side salad (I thought for certain they would cook the spagetti fresh). I was aghast. I was within clear view of the chef and watched him pull a huge plastic container from the refrigerated case. It was filled with *pre-cooked* spagetti. He tossed it either into a pot of hot water or directly into a pan (I couldn't tell which) and began adding ingredients for the *fresh* sauce. The woman behind the counter then pulled a *pre-made* side salad that was in a styrofoam container from a second refrigerator and put it into my bag to go. She commented it was taking so long because the sauce was being made fresh.

When I got home, I was really hungry because it was mid-afternoon and I hadn't eaten lunch. The lettuce in the side salad was wilted (it had to have been at least one day, if not two days, old). The chicken breast itself was not bad (at least it did not taste rubbery), but I could not have guessed that it was stuffed with veal or spinach or cheese. Instead, it tasted like I was eating mouthfuls of dried breadcrumbs.

To add insult to injury, I paid a few cents under $18 for one chicken breast and a wilted side salad. I would never, ever eat at Garduno's again.

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★☆☆☆☆

I was doing business in the strip mall where Gardunos is located and was in the mood for spagetti and meatballs but did not feel like cooking. The restaurant is, indeed, small and cramped.

I asked the woman behind the counter, "Are your meatballs fresh?" She said, "Yes". To be sure we were both speaking the same language about "fresh", I asked, "Are they made here, on the premises, versus the frozen kind restaurants buy from Smart & Final?" She replied, "Our meatballs are made off the premises and frozen, but they are made to our 'specs'." I decided to pass on spagetti and meatballs, concerned the meatballs would taste like rubber.

I saw three entrees in the deli case. The edges were dried out on all three, seemingly there much too long. I (mistakenly) said I would try the stuffed chicken breast because the woman behind the counter said it was stuffed with veal, spinach, cheese and creamy mushroom sauce, a good sounding combination. I asked for it over a bed of spagetti, and a side salad (I thought for certain they would cook the spagetti fresh). I was aghast. I was within clear view of the chef and watched him pull a huge plastic container from the refrigerated case. It was filled with *pre-cooked* spagetti. He tossed it either into a pot of hot water or directly into a pan (I couldn't tell which) and began adding ingredients for the *fresh* sauce. The woman behind the counter then pulled a *pre-made* side salad that was in a styrofoam container from a second refrigerator and put it into my bag to go. She commented it was taking so long because the sauce was being made fresh.

When I got home, I was really hungry because it was mid-afternoon and I hadn't eaten lunch. The lettuce in the side salad was wilted (it had to have been at least one day, if not two days, old). The chicken breast itself was not bad (at least it did not taste rubbery), but I could not have guessed that it was stuffed with veal or spinach or cheese. Instead, it tasted like I was eating mouthfuls of dried breadcrumbs.

To add insult to injury, I paid a few cents under $18 for one chicken breast and a wilted side salad. I would never, ever eat at Garduno's again.

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