Italian Food- The Grill & Lounge
1153 Main Street, Windsor, Colorado
Monday-Saturday 11:00-9:00 PM
When we first entered the restaurant, there was a young table hostess who showed us to our table. There are tables and chairs everywhere in this place, It took the hostess a while to rearrange chairs and tables in order to fit us in. When that was finally finished and we were seated, she took our orders, and came back to the table frequently to see if everything was alright. When we received our refreshments, we asked for straws. The hostess returned replying that they did not have straws.
The restaurant was very at-home and down to earth. The style was mixed between a pub and family restaurant, and because it was Italian, there were pictures, decorations, and fixtures presenting that quality. The walls were a soft orange but the lighting was not that great considering all of the orange colors, and there were no windows. It was not very spacious, but it was under construction so hopefully they are addressing a solution.
The setting of the restaurant consisted of older decorations mixed with the more modern fashion. The bar counter was granite and the floors were tile from what I remember. The kitchen was half open, so if you wanted you could kind of see what they were they were doing in the kitchen while making your food.
At an Italian restaurant, large families are always coming in to eat. The restrooms were out of order and behind a curved hall which was also under construction. The restaurant owner directed us to the restrooms,of which had no lighting (pitch-dark) and no soap to wash hands. The only way customers were able to use the restrooms was with the use of their cell phone lights.
The tables were ready and set with silverware, napkins, and condiments. The condiments stood in the center of the table and consisted of Parmesan cheese, red chili peppers, salt, pepper, and sugar packets. They kept a large number in the center of the table as well in order to not lose track of the food you ordered from your table.
The food served to us was "absolutely delicious" and "good". My family enjoyed the food here. The pizza was crusty and hot with dried garlic, parsley, and salt on the edges and the Cal-zone could have fed two people with generous appetites. The meats were tender and best of all their children's menus were just as tasteful as the larger meals. Children are able to order smaller meals for smaller prices. The food came hot and steamy to the table, and if you don't finish your food by the time of leaving, you could take it to-go.
The dishes were spotless, but the floors could use some mopping and the kitchen needed a touch-up. The restaurant was under construction, so I doubt that it was too clean inside. They had plastics covering their construction spaces, but it was not too far from the kitchen, or where we were seated. Considering that the restrooms had no soap, I give the cleanliness of the restaurant two stars for cleanliness. I do not want to know what was on the cook's hands, nor the people preparing the dishes.
My overall experience at this restaurant was not too bad and not the greatest. I love the homely environment, but I did not like how I had to wonder how clean the staff' hands were, nor how I had to move chairs everywhere just to exit or enter the eating area. While a restaurant is under construction, it should not have been open. Debris and dangerous chemicals or bacteria could drift into the customer's food.