May 16

Delizioso Dishes at Ristobar

Over the weekend, we tried Ristobar! We had a large group of people, but the service was good and they were very accommodating.   The ambiance was warm and dim with an Italian flair, featuring wines bottles along the parameter and colorful frescos on the walls and ceiling!  Since we were such a big group, every few sections of our table ordered different dishes. Our section ordered more than a few dishes to share family style.  Believe it or not, I almost enjoyed every dish!  Delizioso!

Starters

Duck Liver Pate, truffle sea salt, crushed pistachio – WOW, please order this smooth heavenly pate if they have it on the menu, you won’t be sorry!

Olive Condite, marinated castelvetrano olives – Sooo good, the olives were plump and perfect!

Mortadella, imported cured pork, pistachio, local escarole, pink lady apple, toasted pumpkins seeds – Not sure why,  but Mortadella reminds me of Bologna. Okay, I know that’s wrong of me to say since one is made Italian style and the other is just American! But really, it’s quite similar. This salad was good,  an interesting combination of ingredients.

Crudo, Raw Salmon, watercress, mandarin oranges, caper berry and lemon oil – This had no orange flavor whatsoever.  And honestly, the raw salmon was not that good and this dish didn’t have enough salt. Thankfully there were the capers to add some saltiness. I didn’t love this.

Artisanal Pizza

Vesta tomato sauce, ricotta, fennel sausage, speck, rucola – Very good combination, the pizza was thin and crisp, not soggy! Very good pizza!

Valencia ricotta, goat cheese, asiago, pear, watercress – Another great combination, you will enjoy this if you like goat cheese!

Pasta

Risotto, Arborio Carnaroli rice, spot prawn tails & soft shell crab, shellfish stock, prosecco – The risotto, as an Italian would say, was ‘perfetto’! However, the soft shell crab was very salty, it’s almost as if the chef spilled too much salt onto it by accident!

Entrees

Ossobuco, dolcetto braised veal shank, rainbow carrots, natural jus – One word, LOVE! The meat was so tender and fell off the bone!

Pan Roasted Wild Boar Sausage, carrots, turnips, brussel sprouts, natural jus – This was also a good entree, the spices with the sausage were tasty!

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