In Search of Quality Weekend Lunches
First in our meandering series In Search of Quality Weekend Lunches we have Giancarlo’s Sicilian Steakhouse & Pizza. Giancarlo’s has been open about a year in the Williamsville Tony Walker plaza on Main Street. Currently they are open only for breakfast/ lunch, Sunday brunch, take-out and private parties. Do not let the hours fool you. This is not a diner. This is a fine dining establishment with a market café up front. The café opens at 8:00 a.m. with coffee, prepared foods, breakfast and bakery items. I haven’t been here in the morning, but it looks like a really good alternative to the local donut shops.
All of the items on their menu mentioned below are available for takeout, and keep in mind they also have a good size patio when the weather heats up. Giancarlo’s also does in-house and delivered catering for businesses, wedding parties, showers etc. (they have a few different private rooms). Wait, there’s more…beginning March 14th Giancarlo’s will be starting dinner service – oh my!
The market café has some tall tables and a counter/bar area where you can sit. We were seated in the dining room which is spacious, nicely decorated with dark wood, rich colors and a comfortable layout. Our server was fast and efficient. We received a complimentary bread basket with an herbed olive oil. Pretty nice for a Saturday afternoon.
Giancarlo’s has an impressive menu of salads, wraps, sandwiches, pizzas, burgers and wings. They also have a clever section of “create your own pasta” that includes different pastas, veggies, and sauces – all for $9. The menu also lists some Italian classics: Chicken Milanese, Lasagna, Eggplant Parmesan and Chicken Parmesan ($14); and “Signature Pasta Dishes” that can be served individual or family style.
For lunch I ordered the Sicilian Cheesesteak Sandwich ($12). The steak is braised in a tomato- based sauce and served with asiago, mozzarella, mushrooms, caramelized onions and banana peppers on a nice, hearty roll. The sandwich is full of meat and flavor. I promise you won’t leave hungry.
My companion ordered the Chicken Carani Wrap- spinach, grilled chicken, goat cheese, cherry tomatoes, balsamic glaze, toasted pine nuts ($11). The chicken was nicely tender and the combination of the balsamic, pine nuts and goat cheese added a really nice “salad” taste and a crunchy texture.
Both plates came with a large pile of crisp, golden fries. We also ordered two glasses of the Wine of the Day- a Lioco Chardonnay from Sonoma County, a nice bargain at $7 a glass.
According to our menu the chef is Pat Powers who “takes pride in using the freshest ingredients to prepare our Cuisine” and he runs a “from-scratch” kitchen. Normally I’d be a bit cynical, but I actually believe it’s true.
I would eagerly return to Giancarlo’s for lunch, but given my meandering plans it seems unlikely anytime soon. I will, however, be checking out their dinners real soon.