Riccardo's Ristorante - Lake Oswego
Any opinions of this place? I had lunch here earlier this week with a colleague and was very pleased with my salad and penne arrabbiata. They seemed to get the basics right and some of the dishes looked downright interesting. Nice wine selection too (with a retail wine shop selling the same selections next door). Thinking about going back for dinner. Thanks.
16035 Boones Ferry Rd, Lake Oswego, OR 97035
Since my original post, I've been back twice for dinner. Both meals were excellent.
Both times I had the sauteed fiddlehead ferns - in a shallot, garlic, paprika, madeira and cream sauce with some toasted hazelnuts tossed in and a few dollops of chevre - as an appetizer.
On the first visit, I chose a pasta special for a main dish: oriecchiette tossed with garlic, bread crumbs, broccoli rabe (rapini), and a touch of anchovy. On the second visit (this week), I chose one of the fish specials: arctic char with a garlic, onion, caper, and sweet pepper relish.
The back patio was open and the heater lamps were fired up, providing a great way to experience some late day sunshine in comfort. Great service and nice wines by the glass (had some gavi and brunello).
Just wanted to say that I haven't been to Riccardo's in a long time and always thought they had some interesting wine. After Italian class we'd ask for panne burro (sp) and they'd act p.o.'ed!
When I judge a menu and individual items, I look for "level of attempt" like it's an Olympic event.
And while I'd go for the fiddlehead ferns, since I don't cook them, the rest of the dishes seem, well, just like home cooking. No real level of attempt there.
Ambiance: I would expect the patio to be open if it was sunny, yet cool, and yes, with heaters.
So, stingy me gives no extra points.
Am I a spoiled foodie? An excellent home cook? A jaded restaurant diner? All true.
Still it does say something, unfortunately, for a restaurant to get the basics "right."
I am so glad njfreqflyer that you had good experiences all around!