Saturday, January 5, 2008

Dino's Greek and Italian Grill

Yesterday for dinner we went to Dino's Greek and Italian Grill. We also ate there the day after Christmas (also for dinner).

I'll start w/ last week's visit. We ordered hummus ($4.95) as an appetizer and lamb chops ($18.95) for our entree (to share).

The hummus was ok. Nothing special. Both of us didn't particularly like the pita bread served w/ the hummus. It seemed like the stuff you can buy at the grocery store - very airy (not like the thinner, chewy stuff that is served at most places). Here's a pic:
Dino's Greek and Italian Grill - Hummus
We both liked the lamb chops. They were very flavorful and cooked just right. The accompanying items (rice, tahini, veggies, and potatoes) were ok. The dish also came with a cup of soup. Our server was very nice and brought us each a cup of soup since she knew we were splitting the dish. Here's a pic:
Dino's Greek and Italian Grill - Lamb Chops
On our visit yesterday, Patty ordered the Prawns Riviera ($16.95) and I had the Veal Scalloppine Marsala ($13.95).

Each entree came w/ choice of soup or salad. We ordered one of each. The salad was ok. I noticed that a few of the lettuce pieces were browning on the tips (not so fresh?). The soup was a lemon rice soup - Avdolemono. It was ok as well.

Here's the salad and soup:

Dino's Greek and Italian Grill - salad and soup
My dish was ok. The veal was tender but the marsala sauce was very salty. The spaghetti was ok.
Dino's Greek and Italian Grill - Veal Scalloppine Marsala
Patty's dish was also just ok. The flavors were good but the shrimp were overcooked. The accompanying items were ok.
Dino's Greek and Italian Grill - Prawns RivieraSorry for the extremely dark can at least get an idea of what the food looks like.

Hm...lots of "ok's" mentioned...

Service was good on both visits. However, our opinion of the food definitely declined after our second visit.

The restaurant was busy on both on our visits. I think this is due to its location. There are no other Greek restaurants in the far West Valley. This part of town is loaded w/ chain restaurants and there aren't that many family owned restaurants. Actually, in the immediate vicinity, there are only a few dining options. I don't think they would do as well if there were in another part of town (w/ more dining options). Overall, I think it's pretty average. It's comparable to what you would get in a typical chain restaurant. That being said however, I would still pick Dino's any day over most chains. We'll probably be back sometime in the future.

Places mentioned:
Dino's Greek and Italian Grill
14960 W. Indian School Rd.
Goodyear, AZ 85338

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