I’m still thinking about the clamtastic (not a real word but accurate in this case!) pasta special offered at Paramount Grill last weekend. The food was good, but the service was what made the dining experience even better!
They have a lot of seating and the restaurant was not very crowded that night so it left plenty of space for social distanced dining indoors. They can also set up tables outdoors by request, and takeout is available as well.
Our server was really friendly and started us off with some fresh spinach and feta muffins and butter made in house. The muffins were very flavorful with a slight crust and buttery soft on the inside.
The soup of the night was a Portobello and Gorgonzola cheese soup. It had a slight taste of mushroom mixed with the slightly sharp, pungent flavor of Gorgonzola cheese.
Paramount offers seasonal dishes based on availability of local ingredients. I knew I had to try the special dish of the night, which was Fettuccini ($28) with local clams from Cedar Key, cheese, and local chestnut mushrooms.
The fettuccini was on the thinner side than what I am used to, but soaked up the creamy white wine sauce well. My favorite part of the dish was the mushrooms, as they were really tender and went perfectly with the sauce. I only wish there were more mushrooms! The clams were also tender with a slight crunch.
The food here is on the pricier side, but I did like how they use local ingredients and the dishes tasted fresh. I enjoyed the fine dining experience with classy jazz tunes and antique pictures on the walls.
Try them out for brunch of dinner in downtown Gainesville and follow @paramountgrill for the latest specials!