Midwest Living Review
Galo's Italian Grill is the newest member of the local Molina restaurant family, joining Olde Richmond Inn, 5th Street Coffee and Bagels, and Ainsley's Cafe. Named for chef Galo Molina (who is actually from Ecuador), Galo's makes a welcome addition to a restaurant scene that's mostly chain eateries and buffets. Located just off National Road East behind a strip mall, Galo's is hard to miss, with a huge taupe-color, columned exterior. Inside, the classy white-tablecloth decor is vaguely Tuscan with a warm, romantic vibe running throughout. The circular forum-style dining room is basically one big open space below a faux-fresco ceiling painted to resemble the sky. An ambitious menu details antipasti appetizers, salads, wood-fired pizzas, pastas, house specialties, chicken, seafood and meat. Most items are easily large enough to share between two people; the kitchen will split portions if requested. Galo's also offers housemade desserts, a well-chosen wine list with lots of Italian varietals, and some intriguing cocktails (strawberry limoncello martini, perhaps?). Warm focaccia bread with garlic olive oil dipping sauce is fresh, and the chopped salad ($7.95) is well garnished with pepperoncini, tomato and feta; but the pastas are what really wow. Pollo asparagus ($13.50) is so full of chicken, tomatoes, mushrooms and chopped asparagus, it's hard to even see the wheat linguine underneath, and the pasta Milano ($12.95) incorporates lots of chicken and mushrooms over linguine in a deliciously creamy red pepper sauce. Price points here are higher than at most other Richmond eateries, but with this much high-quality food, it's a fair value. And the warm decor makes a great date-night setting.