April 14, 2001
They have outdoor tables in the front, but it was freezing during our visit in late March. Inside, they have a country Italian decor with wood floors, and wine bins that cover one side wall. They have wine barrels that line the stairway to the second level, where they have an open kitchen. There is a separate glassed-in kitchen on the ground level.
Since Weinstein and Gavino's is popular, it is also loud, so don't expect a quiet dinner. However, you can expect decent service and food. I started with bean and pasta (Fagoli) soup, which was good, although it had no beans or pasta! I followed with sole fillet (wafer thin) stuffed with broccoli and rice with side vegetables. My wife had chicken breast (pounded very thin) rolled and stuffed with mushrooms, and started with a large ceasar salad. It was all fine.
One of the staff noticed I was taking pictures, and stated that they usually don't allow it. When I agreed to comply, he said it was okay. So I'm not sure why he brought it up, unless he was looking for an argument. Overall, our visit was fine. Find Crescent, and you will find Weinstein and Gavino's.
From journal Downtown Montreal