Restaurant review: Casa G's Italian Restaurant, casual trattoria-like for al fresco dining – TCPalm

Editor’s note: Each week, TCPalm will review a local restaurant in Indian River, St. Lucie or Martin counties. The experienced restaurant reviewer dines anonymously at the newspaper’s expense.  
STUART — Greetings foodies! I am so happy to be back helping you to navigate the Martin County food scene and I’d like to tell you about a delicious recent addition.
While you may be familiar with the long-standing Casa Giuseppe’s Italian Grill on Indian Street, owner Giuseppe DeRosa in January opened a more casual trattoria, complete with a large covered terrace for al fresco dining, along with a rustic indoor space with several tables and a bar. 
We were given several menus, including a dinner menu and a $13.95 early bird menu served from 3-7 p.m. that included select entrees. Plus, a weekly specials menu, both of which included a choice of soup or house or Caesar salad and rustic rolls. 
We started with an order of piping hot garlic knots ($3.95). The serving of six were dense and chewy with plenty of garlic, but I wish they had been a bit more buttery. 
Next, we decided to try a 12-inch cheese Margherita pizza, to which we added fresh garlic and sausage ($9.95, plus $1 per topping). The pizza dough was crispy, and that combined with the sweetness of the sauce and saltiness of the stringy cheese, coupled with dense, savory sausage and pungent garlic. It made for one exceptional pie. 
I wanted to see what $13.95 would get me from the early bird menu. I chose a cup of pasta fagioli, which was brimming with flavor, followed by a generous portion of eggplant rollatini baked to perfection.
Eggplant can often be soggy, due to its high-water content, but this eggplant held firm and was wrapped around creamy ricotta cheese and topped with melted mozzarella and a savory tomato sauce.  
The menu said it was served with a side of spaghetti, but our exceptional server, Kelly, offered me whatever pasta I wanted, so I chose fettuccine. 
My dining companion chose a dish off the weekly special menu, which also came with soup or salad. He chose a lovely Caesar salad, which I was happy to see had the correct ratio of lettuce ribs to greens, and the combination plate of lasagna and chicken parmesan ($15.95).  
Once again, the portion size was impressive! A large square of lasagna was accompanied by a fried chicken breast smothered in tomato sauce and Italian cheeses. 
Obviously, there were a fair share of leftovers, which Kelly happily boxed and bagged for us. But no matter how full I get after an Italian feast, I always have room left for refreshing limoncello cake ($5.95). The light and fragrant portion was just right to share, a perfect ending to a delightful meal.  
Susan Dennis dines anonymously at the expense of TCPalm for #WhatToDoIn772. Contact her at caribeansoul@hotmail.com.    


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