Saturday night we dined at Provino's Italian Restaurant in Rome, Georgia. Come hungry. Forget those skimpy breadsticks at Olive Garden. The same goes for that "endless salad bowl." Provino's has them beaten on both counts.
Dark, cozy and inviting are the first impressions you'll have when you enter Provino's. We scored a two top booth and it was perfect. Our server, John, was attentive and helpful, but not overpowering with his presence. It was very refreshing to be asked if we'd like a glass of wine instead of the Olive Garden method of shoving a bottle into your face the second you are seated.
We started with some lovely sliced zucchini fried to perfection and served with a steaming bowl of marinara sauce. $6.25
Here's Provino's version of the family styled salad which includes LOTS of garlic, pickled beets, chickpeas, tomato wedges, cucumbers, cheese and the perfect amount of their homemade oil/vinegar dressing.
Oh, and then came the rolls.....super hot, buttered and garlic to the max!
Harold chose the Red Snapper Francese, egg dipped, sauteed golden in lemon butter wine sauce served with a side of spaghetti. $15.95
And I chose Fettuccine Daniello: Carbonara with pancetta, green peas in Alfredo sauce. $12.95
All of this glorious food and two glasses of Pinot Grigio for $44.00. It was a wonderful meal and if you're ever passing through Rome, please bypass Olive Garden and give Provino's a try!