Ynot Pizza & Italian Cuisine Ghent
Ynot Pizza & Italian Cuisine is a local restaurant chain in the Hampton Roads area. There are five locations, two of which are in Norfolk, VA. I went to the Ghent location on Colley Avenue. I remember when this used to be Szechuan in Ghent. You really can’t tell that it used to be a Chinese restaurant here.
I decided to come here because I wanted a good salad for an affordable price. Through the power of Internet search, I found a blog listing “Best Salads in Hampton Roads“. I saw Ynot at the top of the list, and figured I’d give it a go. My friends had told me the “it’s good” but that really doesn’t say much.
Parking can be a bit tight, there’s street parking available but I just parked behind the restaurant. The interior is spacious , outdoor seating is also available. I had Alex as my server, she was very nice and prompt. I had met up with my friends and we all ordered something different.
I came here with a plan, I hadn’t had a good salad in awhile and hoped Ynot would not disappoint. They have a “Custom Made Chop Salad” where you get the paper and make your selections. The salad starts off at $5.95 but with the addition of cheese, meats, other veggies, it’ll add up quickly. You pick your greens, toppings, meat/cheeses, dressing, and style of chop. I ordered the mesclun, broccoli, alfalfa sprouts, mushrooms, bacon, and fat-free raspberry vinaigrette. There are definitely lot of options here so it’s a great place for a vegetarian. Yum! I am definitely a fan! Although the flatbread crisps on the side didn’t do much for me.
One of my friends ordered the Deluxe Pizza. It has pepperoni, black olives, green bell peppers, sausage and mushrooms. Her and I agreed the pizza wasn’t that good. The crust was terribly hard to chew through like ciabatta but even more dense. I just wasn’t feeling this pizza. I mean I’m not saying it’s terrible but it certainly wasn’t great. My friend typically likes to cut through her pizza with a fork. Don’t ask me why, but she does. And I just watched her struggle. And continue to struggle. One good note, this pizza isn’t super greasy.
My other friend ordered the lasagna which included a garden salad and Italian bread. Nothing too special about this. I do not recommend ordering this dish. Yes, it was a good portion size; however, it was bland. I’d give it points for giving a comfort food feeling but it would have definitely been better with more flavorful sauce.
Ynot offers different menu items aside from the pizza, salad and the main entrées such as subs, pasta and dessert. Oooh, desserts. They have a display cake of the baked goods and gelato. I ordered the wildberry gelato. MMMM… I liked the gelato here and there’s quite of bit of variety to choose from.
In general, Ynot is a good option with an extensive menu. I’d definitely come back for more salad and gelato.
Sun – Thurs: 11am – 11pm
Fri & Sat: 11am – Midnight
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