Thursday, June 10, 2010

Best thing I ate this week: Ferraro's Fried Rigoletti

Nothing beats Sunday dinner at a traditional Italian restaurant like Ferraro's in midtown Ventura. I really love this place- I love it because it isn't flashy or trendy or trying to be something that its not. It's totally old school, all the way down to the paper placemats, dinner plates, and, yes, grape wallpaper. And their food is on point.

The best thing I ate this week is their baked fried Italian rigoletti (above left). I've never had anything like it. The rigoletti (similar to a corkscrew noodle) are cooked al dente and then pan fried in olive oil until brown and crisp. The noodles are then tossed with steamed broccoli, topped with shredded cheese, and baked until the cheese melts. It comes with a side of marinara to pour over the whole affair. The rigoletti become crispy and a bit chewy - giving a normally plain noodle a whole new bite. Ferraro's has been around the block a few times, but for me, this is a totally new way to experience pasta. Ferraro's is located at 2788 East Main Street, Ventura. Phone: 648-7270.

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