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The fascination with tiny trattorias continues, judging by the business at this 40-seater. Though the service is warm and personable, homemade bread, a decent house wine, and a pleasant selection of Italian meat and fish staples, such as osso buco and salmon with sautéed radicchio and grapes, are the real draws. You can eat your fill without padding the bill, especially if you stick to wonderful baked pastas such as spinach-and-cheese cannelloni and meaty lasagna. Daily specials can be misleadingly pricey, so be sure to ask before ordering. Lunch and dinner.
Opera sung to the tune of "Maria," from West Side Story: Fat Man One: Ragazzi, We line up to get into Ragazzi, But once we are inside Hospitality and pride Come through. Fat Man Two: Ragazzi, No glitz here and no paparazzi, It's mostly local folk Who don't like to go broke To eat In Surfside. Chorus: Pasta e fagioli and salad Caprese (Whisper:) Thin-crust pizza and veal Bolognese And meatballs, We'll never stop eating their meatballs, Their meatballs! Fat Man One: Ragazzi, Their bread is served all hotsie-totsie. Most items cost less than 20. The plates are piled with plenty To eat Fat Lady: Ragazzi!
Opera sung to the tune of "Maria," from West Side Story:Fat Man One:Ragazzi,We line up to get into Ragazzi,But once we are insideHospitality and prideCome through.Fat Man Two:Ragazzi,No glitz here and no paparazzi,It's mostly local folkWho don't like to go brokeTo eatIn Surfside.Chorus:Pasta e fagioli and salad Caprese(Whisper:) Thin-crust pizza and veal BologneseAnd meatballs,We'll never stop eating their meatballs,Their meatballs!Fat Man... More »
The only fresh variety of pasta regularly on the menu at this teeny restaurant is the pappardelle, which alone is worth a visit. Otherwise you'll have to take your chances when you go (low risk, high return). During a recent dinner there, these broad, melt-in-your mouth noodles were starring in two of the tempting daily specials. Should your dining companions fancy something else, the spaghetti or pretty much anything else on the menu will set them to rights. Given that the word is out on... More »
Some folks visit this corner storefront eatery for its baked pastas. Other patrons go for its wonderfully prepared veal scaloppine dishes and fillets of fish sprinkled with capers. And most appreciate the lengths the staff goes to ensure that even those waiting for a table outside have a glass of refreshment. We, however, frequent the cafe for its absolutely fresh caesar salad, which is redolent with garlic, Parmesan, and the all-important anchovies. Oh, we know picky diners don't like to... More »
Judging by the nightly crowd of people milling about outside Ragazzi, sipping wine and chatting away while waiting for a table, it appears most of you don't need us to tell you how good this petite 52-seat trattoria really is. Seems you've heard about the homemade bread; delicious risottos and pastas; freshly prepared Italian seafood, chicken, and veal dishes accompanied by brightly cooked greens; and the perfectly poached pears for dessert. In which case it's probably unnecessary to remind... More »
Talk about your cross-cultural referencing. For a textbook example of good ol' American capitalism in action, look no further than the local Italian restaurant scene. Approximately a dozen new caffes and trattorias open here each year, more than... More »
Leaf through just about any magazine and you'll likely find at least one article that begins "There is...." As a sometime teacher of composition and literature, I can't help but be disgusted by the predominance of what New York Times Magazine... More »
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