Downtown St. Pete
[This is the very 1st restaurant "remembrance" in my Green book. Speaking for myself, my style as a journaler/reviewer was only just emerging. Please be patient with me as I progress. Once again, I am copying faithfully from the Books. Mel didn't bring her Red book this time]
From the Green Book:
1st: Charcuterie and cheese-
Excellent stuff- good variety, some spiciness. Nothing made in house, but all delicious.
2nd: Sweetbreads and Octopus Puttanesca-
The sweetbreads were as good as any I've ever had. Crispy and rich. The octopus was good, but I've had better.
Mel had the Mezzaluna with short ribs. I tried it, and it ate really dry, and a bit underseasoned. I got a squid-ink pasta "Nero" with royal reds (shrimp) and little-neck clams. Mine was way underseasoned. It needed salt and acid. I wanted to ask for some salt and a couple lemon slices, but our waiter had fucking vanished. I was bummed, and I should've made an issue of it, but I didn't. No desert.
You can find Il Ritourno at:
449 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
They don't seem to be on Open Table, so call for reservations:
What do you think?
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