My husband and I celebrated our sixth anniversary recently at La Ricetta using a voucher that my lovely sister gave us for Christmas. This Italian restaurant had been in my radar for a while since a friend mentioned it, not only because he said it was good, but also thanks to the gluten-free options in their menu.
The restaurant is small and has a homely vibe to it. Framed photos and pepper grinders decorate the walls, and a team of two women (the owners?) take care of the customers.
We ordered the two carpaccios to start: carpaccio di salmone (thinly sliced salmon marinated with extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, capers, lemon jus & diced Spanish onion vinaigrette) and the classic carpaccio bresaola (cured beef thinly sliced topped with artichoke, baby rocket, parmesan cheese, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar). I liked the beef carpaccio better, it was actually very good. I thought the salmon carpaccio lacked a “zing”, a zesty sour something.
Carpaccio di salmone ($18.90)
Carpaccio bresaola ($18.90)
We shared a grigliata mista di mare as main, a big plate of grilled king prawns, scampi, calamari, fish and Tasmanian mussels, finished with a herb oil. Everything was perfectly cooked and a squeeze of lemon was more than enough to give them a final touch. We ordered a side of vegetali misti (sautéed mixed vegetables) that included zucchini, squash, eggplant, capsicum and snow peas.
Grigliata mista di mare ($37.90)
Vegetali misti ($8.90)
We were comfortably full at this point but given it was a special dinner we said “yes” to dessert. We shared the mousse di cioccolato, a dark Belgium chocolate mousse topped with fresh cream and a sliced strawberry, dark being the key word here ;). As usual, we found it sweeter than the desserts we normally have but tasty and with the perfect texture.
Mousse di cioccolato ($9.90)