Most of us begin our experience with Italian food through tomato sauce, and leave it behind as we gain in sophistication. Canned ravioli or Mom's spaghetti with overcooked tomato sauce spooned over it the jumping off spot into the world of better Italian cuisine. We never look back.
Cucina della Ragazza reasserts the triumphant tomato. Try the Meatball Grande ($7) for an appetizer, and you will get a luscious 1/2 pound meatball flavored with local italian sausage and browned nicely on the outside - but it will be the chunky tomato sauce that will make you gasp. Vibrant sunshine in tomato form.
I'm attaching a photo of my pork chop dinner. Too bad that the pork chop, green beans and amazingly wonderful potatoes are gone - they didn't last long! The pork chop carried a remarkable lemon flavor - quite good! The potatoes, though, were buttery and cheesy and the highlight of my meal.
I'm also attaching a photo of my wife's huge plate of fettuccini with meatballs. She ate her share, I stole quite a bit because it was so good, and yet we came home with enough for a large lunch. Best order of the table, I think. I also sampled some of the polenta from a friends plate - sweet corn flavor and wonderful flavor.
I was part of a table of 8 - too many people to be easily served by one waitress. Ours tried, but her impatience with some of our gabbier cohorts showed a bit. Nothing terrible, and the owner is a charming presence.
We will be back!
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