Delicacies off Campus: Pasta social gathering at Caffe Riace

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“I’m gonna cry. The pasta. Yummy,” mentioned one half of our reviewing crew, Isabella Saracco ’23, as we sat down at Caffe Riace for our Tuesday dinner. She was raving concerning the cannelloni.

The dish, enormous pasta tubes full of ricotta and spinach, got here topped with a tomato cream sauce. The ricotta stuffing was the proper texture, moist and never too crumbly. The cannelloni itself additionally displayed full textural excellence, with crispy baked corners and a middle that supplied simply the correct quantity of resistance. The flavors of the tomato sauce, easy but scrumptious, complemented the heavier stuffing terribly.

Being from Chicago, Illinois and New Haven, Connecticut — locales identified for his or her Italian delicacies, we’ve typically been dissatisfied by Bay Space choices. However the cannelloni and every thing else we had at Caffe Riace was scrumptious, tasting like residence.

The cannelloni is served with two pieces of stuffed pasta, garnished with cheese, sauce and chopped herbs.
The cannelloni was served with two items of pasta. Filled with ricotta, the portion was each beneficiant and filling. (Photograph: ISABELLA SARACCO/The Stanford Each day)

The restaurant’s ambiance balanced magnificence with enjoyable. Strolling in, friends are met with quirky statues, reminiscent of a classical-looking fountain that includes a washer. A Greek-style statue of a unadorned lady holds the washer up like a trophy, water pouring out of its entrance opening.

The place has an in depth out of doors eating space in addition to an indoor sitting house, which feels cozy with heat colours and candles at every desk. The cafe is nearer to east campus, simply an 8-minute drive or 9-minute bike trip from EVGR Duan Corridor. From west campus, it’s both a 12-minute drive or 13-minute bike trip.

A fountain featuring a woman holding a washing machine from which water spills stands in front of Cafe Riace.
Caffe Riace has an attractive out of doors seating house, filled with quirky artwork shows. Certainly one of our favorites was this fountain that includes a lady holding a washer. (Photograph: SAM WADDOUPS/The Stanford Each day)

The gnocchi pesto is a filling, savory providing at Caffe Riace. It was pillowy with a satisfying softness, whereas the pesto sauce had a clean, natural style. The portion was monumental: after consuming a number of it, the dish felt a bit monotonous, and we wished the dish had another aspect to diversify its taste profile. However, total, it was spectacular.

The pesto gnocchi sits in a white dish with Parmesan cheese on top.
The gnocchi soaked up the balanced taste of the pesto sauce, making for a scrumptious dish. The portion was enormous, so we took residence leftovers. (Photograph: KIRSTEN METTLER/The Stanford Each day)

Our appetizer order was the arancine, which have been completely very tasty. These fried balls of ricotta and mozzarella have been served on high of tomato sauce, which added a fruity be aware to the savory dish. The acid of the sauce was a satisfying pairing with the wealthy cheesiness. The arancine was fried to perfection, with crunchy outsides and moist insides.

Two arancine balls sit in a small white dish with sides of tomato sauce and cheese.
The arancine balls got here served with a scrumptious tomato sauce and topped with cheese. Every aspect of the dish completely mixed into an particularly tasty appetizer. (Photograph: ISABELLA SARACCO/The Stanford Each day)

Caffe Riace offers all patrons a complimentary plate of bread and permits free of charge refills. The bread was served heat and got here with olive oil and balsamic vinegar for dipping. The bread itself was wonderful, garnished with varied herbs that added a satisfying taste. The feel of the bread was heightened by its heat.

Caffe Riace is on the costlier facet of eating places we’ve reviewed, with entrees costing between $25 to $49. At this value level, it is perhaps a restaurant extra applicable for particular events, reminiscent of a dinner with visiting household. Nonetheless, strategic ordering could make Caffe Riace extra reasonably priced. Many of the pasta entrees value round $25 and are massive sufficient to separate or take residence for leftovers. We took about half of the pesto gnocchi residence, and it reheated properly.

A red vespa with a side car sat outside of Caffe Riace under a sun umbrella.
A vespa sat on the entrance to Caffe Riace. The out of doors seating space was massive and welcoming. (Photograph: ISABELLA SARACCO/The Stanford Each day)
The finished arancine dish sits on a white table cloth with tongs and leftover sauce in it.
Our arancine appetizer was scrumptious, and we shortly cleaned the plate. Because of the beneficiant serving sizes, this was one of many solely dishes that we didn’t find yourself taking residence. (Photograph: ISABELLA SARACCO/The Stanford Each day)

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