Well, July’s Restaurant Club has come and gone and I’m already looking forward to the August meeting. Fun times were had by all Friday night as the group headed to Ragazzi in Buckingham Square along West Bay Road. I was last there three years ago so Clark Kent, Rachel and I were thrilled to have a reason to reacquaint ourselves with their Italian menu.
The starter menu was wide and varied, almost overwhelming if you’re like me and have trouble making a decision. I finally settled on the Antipasto Misto platter with proscuitto, bresaola, salami, speck and mortadella (anyone else thinking of Archeo Cook’s fatback laced beauty?) Fellow clubber Carolyn went with the caprese (upper left) while Rachel chose the blue crab spring rolls. I snarfed mine although I was forced to share a bit with Clark Kent (grudgingly). Rachel and the other ladies who had the same starter were disappointed in the apparent lack of crab in their crab rolls. The club president, Ashleigh, had the duck salad (pictured below, on left.) ‘So much variety and flavor,’ she exclaimed. ‘Its fantastic!’
Moving on to the entree’s, CK had the special: grilled swordfish. The verdict? ‘Outstanding.’
Seeing as it was an Italian joint, how could I not go with the four cheese gnocchi with pistachios? You’re absolutely right. I had to have it. It was amazing. I dunno how they do it but their gnocchi has a texture reminiscent of marshmallows. More pillowy than dumplingy. Rach had the immense grilled chicken pizza with bell pepper, potato and roasted garlic. ‘It has a good tomato to cheese ratio…which makes me feel classy.’ Heh. Adorable.
Next to the pizza is Marie’s seafood trio which was ‘really flavorful’ and Selicia’s zuppa di pesce with lobster, jumbo shrimp, scallops, mussels and snapper steamed in a tomato-basil broth. It looked terrifyingly big to me!
Dessert was: port wine for CK and Rachel, banana cream pie for Selicia and Marie and Sicilian cannoli with ricotta cheese and vanilla ice cream for me. Holy yum.
Antipasto Misto – $11.95
Caprese – $9.95
Blue Crab Spring Rolls – $9.95
Duck Salad – $11.95
Grilled Swordfish – $27.00
Gnocchi – $16.96
Chicken Pizza – $15.50
Banana Cream Pie – $7.50
Canolli – $7.50
All prices in CI. $1 CI = $1.25 US