The calamari came with a side of arugula, house marinara sauce and some lemon wedges to be squeezed over the crispy fried seafood. There’s so much flavor in that sauce; be careful, or you may eat all of it. In the arancini and meatball combo, the arancini (Sicilian deep-fried stuffed risotto balls) were served alongside home-made meatballs with what they call Ramata’s red sauce. What can I say? Welcome to flavor town because these are so good and different from most other appetizers in the area—totally worth it. Finally, the dip was way bigger than expected but so delicious I actually had to stop myself from eating all of it or I wouldn’t have had space for the rest of the meal.
As I went a bit overboard with the apps, I skipped any salads or pizzas and went straight for the entrée. My choice for the night was the Crispy Pork Chop Milanese. This was a 2-inch-thick pork chop with a crispy breadcrumb top, served with a wild mushroom risotto, arugula and a fig-cabernet wine sauce. It was delicious and perfectly cooked to a soft middle pink. Oh and did I mention it was super juicy? A plate of Tortellini di Pesto came as well, and this was also delicious, with a ricotta stuffing for the tortellini, sundried tomatoes, prosciutto, and a creamy garlic sauce covering everything. Overall, it was very good food, and the portions were bigger than expected, so be ready to eat a big meal. The restaurant has a great wine list from all over the world and a good intro to Italian wines for that curious foodie.
The dessert menu had a surprise for me that I really loved: an espresso martini just like one I had recently created. They call it Italian Dance Lessons, and it’s made with espresso vodka, Tia Maria coffee liqueur and fresh espresso. It was just what I needed to wrap up the night.
This is a place worth trying out for sure. Come hungry and ready to experience lots of unique dishes that are loaded with flavor. It’s perfect for a date night or for a group of friends to eat and laugh around an Italian dinner table, the way they do in Italy.