Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Another Culinary Treasure In Downtown St. Pete

Fantastic dinner with friends at Il Ritorno in DTSP. Besides the food and service I was impressed to discover that "Chef David entered the restaurant business at just 13 years old, as a busboy at Villa Gallace on Indian Rocks Beach." Villa Gallace is a neighborhood venue for us beach folk.

The four of us had front row seats looking in on the precision of the gastronomic ballet playing out in front of us. Dayna, our delightful server, presented us with a bottle of Anica Chardonnay for the dainty damsels and superb Le Volte Super Tuscan for us manly men.

We started with appetizers of Steamed Mussels with lamb nduja (a spicy, spreadable salumi from Italy) caramelized onions and Calabrese chili, Spring Salad with a variety of veg and crispy pork jowls: my bride and I shared the Smoked Dry Aged Carpaccio.

Our entrees included Chef's Cast Iron Steak (I had the bone-in filet), Lamb Spaghetti, Capellini Nero and Pork Saltimbocca. While nary a discouraging word was uttered about any of the entrees, my personal favorites were the Capellini Nero on a bed of squid ink pasta, and the Lamb Spaghetti.

Wine, appetizers and entrees for four came to $314.58.

Il Ritorno Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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