Feeling peckish after what was a glorious (and rare) sunny day in London, myself and a friend decided to head over to Ricarrdo’s for a spot of dinner. We arrived at 8:30pm without a reservation and the place was packed. It was a Sunday and i was shocked- this was, after all, my first venture to Ricarrdos, my friend was not at all shocked. It wasn’t his first visit, Ricarrdos is very good i was assured. The wait for a table was going to be 30 mins so we left bitterly disappointed. Walking away from the restaurant we realised that we had to have Italian, after driving for ten minutes we realised it had to be Ricarrdo’s. The smell had been so fresh and Italian that nothing else would do. We called up and booked in for the next available table.
Upon returning to the restaurant we were shown to our table, which was a lovely table at the front of the restaurant big enough to seat four. It was worth the wait. Having perused the menu and the specials there was one thing that i was certain of: I wanted everything. The menu was vast and offered most of the Italian classics…Pasta, pizzas, risotto, fish, meats, salads. The choice was daunting. Sadly, we both played pretty safe on the starter opting for an avocado, mozzarella and tomato salad. It wasn’t the best tricolore salad that i have ever had and nor will it be the worst. There was nothing outstanding about it, but it was fresh and light as it should be.
For the mains, again we played twins and had the tagliatelli with rabbit dish. This dish was special. The pasta was coated in generous amounts of the pomodoro and rabbit sauce and the pasta was cook to what can only be called perfection. I did not want the dish to end. Both of us passed on dessert.
The staff are attentive and very accommodating, when we asked for more light to be shed on our table the waitress went out of her way fiddling with switches to turn it on, sadly the light was broken. We made do with a tea light instead.
I would highly recommend Ricarrdo’s to others, but i would also recommend reserving before you arrive as this place is popular.