When Pangaea—the earth's greatest rock supergroup—broke up, many fans blamed it on the high-heeled wiles of Europe's inseparable girlfriend, Italia. Discover a sweeter side to the globe's Yoko with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Italian cuisine at Riccardo's Ristorante.
Riccardo's serves authentic and hearty Italian fare in a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Explore surf-based starters like the calamari fritto, an antipasti dish dressed in lightly fried squid ($12), before moving on to earthbound entrees like the costata di vitello—grilled veal chop stuffed with imported prosciutto di parma and mozzarella and topped with a rich shallot and port wine demiglace ($34). Delicate pasta options include the ravioli ripieni con aragosta, which features light, lobster-filled pasta pillows slumber-party sparring with gulf shrimp in a creamy scampi sauce ($24). Sample sweet dessert cannolis and cakes to finish your meal, or order an internationally sourced coffee to reawaken taste buds that are nodding off or drooling.
A cozy gem nestled in the historic North End, Riccardo's boasts a romantic atmosphere fit for date night. Pull up a chair next to one of the dining room's large windows, or sit at the stone-topped bar finished with warm wood accents and Florentine–inspired touches. The restaurant's Freedom Trail location makes for accessible eating and, of course, an ideal launching point for ding-dong-ditching Paul Revere's house.
Riccardo’s Restaurant was featured by North End Boston; although Yelpers give it an average of 2.5 stars, Citysearchers give it a 3.5-star average and TripAdvisors give it an average of three owl eyes:
- Ricardo’s is one of the few remaining family-run, family-oriented North End restaurants offering fine Italian cuisine – the way it used to be – to an extraordinarily loyal and appreciative clientele. – North End Boston
- It was a tasty experience from beginning to end, including the desert. – tmhome100, TripAdvisor
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