This small place offers traditional Bolognese food in a family setting. Grazia Baroni runs the front while Sandro Frigerio cooks in the back and they feature homemade pastas. The couple took on this venture some 3 years ago after both having worked in factories for years and how lucky we are! There were business groups as well as casual people and families having lunch the day we were there and all I heard besides us was Italian being spoken. No problem though as the Grazia speaks great English and was most helpful in planning our meal. A winner here!
We started with the traditional Bolognese pasta with meat sauce. The pasta was perfectly al dente with a light sauce of velvety, crumbly meat. It was mildly flavored but very good.
Our other pasta was the tortellini, another traditional dish, served in a delicious broth. They are smaller than most of the other tortellini I have had and are little nuggets of joy to savor in the steaming broth. Again it was mild but its subtly made it delicious.
For second course I had one of the days specials, liver and onions and wow was it good. The liver was tender and slightly rare served with a ton of well sautéed onions. You wouldn’t have to be a liver lover to like this one – it was simply divine.
The Bolognese veal cutlet was served with cheese and a slice of prosciutto on the top. It is first fried like Milanese cutlet but before serving it, it is topped with Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, ham and evaporated in a broth so the cheese melts. Thus it becomes quite tender and not a bit greasy. It was served with potatoes that were very good. We had a side dish of sautéed greens with the second courses and they were nicely seasoned and tasty.
For dessert I tried rice cake and what fun it was. Another traditional dish as I found it on many other menus in the area, it is rice on the bottom and custard on the top. It had a perfect amount of sweetness and the custard and rice provided creamy as well as a little bite in the texture area. I’d get it again in a heartbeat.
We also tried the creme caramel and while the caramel looks quite dark it tasted really good. It was not a smooth as some versions I had but the good taste made up for that.