Relatively newly opened, Mediterraneo in White Plains is a high quality restaurant with a few very unique menu items, including today’s review, house made Kobe Beef and Spinach Ravioli with Marsala Wine, Wild Mushrooms and Calabrian Chili.
This was one of the better house made style pastas I’ve had, particularly in recent memory. The pasta itself was slightly Al dente, and had a sweet flavor with a slight heat. The inside contained Kobe beef that was rich and flavorful, s a small about of really good spinach, and was accompanied by a few meaty mushrooms that I was actually able to eat (when in general I am not a fan of mushrooms), and was washed in a delicious sauce.
I would definitely recommend trying this dish, and am planning on getting it again; and at a reasonable price of $21, this is a meal that will not break the bank.
We return to Grazie for our pasta Entree; Spinach Ricotta Pillows. For those wondering, the “Pillow” is Grazie’s take on ravioli, and what a unique and delicious take it is.
This work of culinary art is comprised of Grazie’s “housemade ravioli, spinach, fresh ricotta in a mascarpone cream sauce”; it is unlike any ravioli i have ever tasted, as the pasta itself was thicker than usual, almost tortellini-esque. Interestingly the tortellini thickness of the pasta, while a technique I had never heard or thought of before, was a great addition to the dish. In the clash and melding of two distinct pastas, we the consumer are the winner.
The inside of the pillows was filled with a light and fluffy combination of ricotta and spinach, which was joined well with the thickness of the pasta; the creamy mascarpone sauce was the perfect dressing for each pillow.
On top of the pillows was a combination of spinach and chopped cooked tomatoes; the vegetables were a nice colorful addition to the dish, with the tomatoes providing a slight acidity to the meal.
As I mentioned in the Dueling Meatball review, Grazie is a must attend for anyone who is in the Massachusetts/New Hampshire area; everything I have had there (these two reviews plus a couple samples from other dishes) has been delicious, and the service and scenery is great.
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