Zoom Zoom; Azzurro 


Convenient to the downtown business district, seems a good candidate for the business lunch. And Zoom Zoom, it would appear, takes its lunch seriously, or at least, their sandwiches are priced in a manner that suggests a level of seriousness. Zoom Zoom offers grilled sandwiches like the Patty Melt, the Grilled Club and the French Dip, and deli style sandwiches like Roast Beef, Corned Beef, Tuna Salad. In addition there are the usual salads, burgers and a few daily specials like lasagna, or popcorn shrimp. No trendy surprises here. It's a place that strives to excel with basic familiar food rather than pushing the envelope of creativity. This is not a criticism but merely an observation. Here is a criticism — if eschewing fickle trends and instead serving very well executed classics is Zoom Zoom's goal, it misses the mark. As I polished off my dessert, the proprietor brought my bill, accompanied by a mini-size Mr. Goodbar and a miniature Christmas tree. A rather odd touch but one that exemplifies the enthusiasm this couple has for their restaurant. In the end however, it would serve them well to direct a little more of that enthusiasm towards producing consistently good fare. If they did that, they'd have great little place called Zoom Zoom that could generate the loyal regulars that its namesake presumably did. — B. Ifhan Rhys Tucked in the fashionable River Road shopping center, seems like the quintessential West End restaurant. It's informal but stylish, with professional service and prices high enough to denote "fine cuisine" for those whose palates might not otherwise know. Indeed, it seems to cater to that rare audience for whom higher prices make the fare even more attractive. But the food here — high-end Italian — is good; some of it very good. On our visit they goofed on the pizza dough, but they graciously did the right thing by making the replacement dish complimentary. Unfortunately, someone goofed on that dish as well. The service is professional and the atmosphere is nice. I struggle with the appropriateness of the prices, but then when you eat at Azzurro, perhaps you are buying more than just a meal. — B. Ifan Rhys

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