Casa Razdora...Are You Kidding Me???
Bostonians, you just have no idea how lucky you are. I would die to be able to get food half this good at twice the price here on the Cape. Stopped by as we have family who work in the neighborhood (Water St. Financial District) and I happened to find a parking spot right out front. After our visit, we noticed the restaurant and saw that they were quite busy and the sign promised authentic Italian cuisine, so we said, why not? We enter the oh so tiny establishment, cue up in line, and the smell and look of the plates coming out of the cramped open kitchen brought me back to Italy. I couldn't believe my eyes when I looked over the menu and saw fresh housemade pastas with your choice of 10 or so made to order sauces for only $7-$8! We had just eaten so we ordered to-go for dinner tonight, and tomorrow, and maybe the next day. Riccotta gnocchi with pesto, light fluffy pasta pillows with a perfect pesto. Raviolis, we chose the ricotta and procuitto, with a Nonna sauce of tomatoes, herbs, and cream. Outstanding. Todays special was a 4" high lasagna made with bolognese and bechemel, enough for two at $7.00 We added a couple of meatballs. A pice of pizza that was actually 1/4 of a 18" pie, plus some terrific housemade foccacia on the house, and we're out the door for $30. The sandwiches looked super,as did paninis. If we worked in the area I could see eating there at least twice per week.
My Holy Geebus Boston......I'm so jealous.
...and that's why I gained 5 pounds in my first month at my new job. I've since scaled back from twice a week to a salad once a week and pasta or a sandwich (their Italian sub is out of this world) once in a very long while.
Razdora is amazing. Even more amazing, as far as I'm concerned, is that they haven't gotten any worse as their volume has skyrocketed. Most holes-in-the-wall that are fantastic out of the gate, get "discovered" and blow up tend, in my experience, to get lazy or rushed and go downhill. Granted it's only been a year and a half, but these guys are just as good today as they were when they opened.