Rillo’s – Carlisle, PA

Sadly, we’ve reached the end of restaurant week. Last night was the last night. We went to Rillo’s, hungry for more Italian food after last night.

The building had a lovely motif, and I think they should put a patio on, the outdoors was nice and quiet.

We were seated in the bar area, at a booth with white tablecloths and cloth napkins, which I can appreciate, as several of the paper ones (even the really nice ones)on my lap have let grease through onto my clothes more than once lately.

He ordered three appetizers to start, the special of the evening, a crab dip with toast (my favorite of the three), a specially composed dish (just for us) that incorporated the sautéed gnocchi (they normally make it with banana peppers, too spicy for my palate yet), and fried ravioli (his favorite of the three).

Our server brought out our cups of soup before our entrées. The italian wedding soup was cool and needed salt, but the meatballs were good. The seafood bisque was spicy and one bite was more than enough for me. (The waiter had some and said he couldn’t taste it… but took it off our bill anyway.)

The entrées we had, though already very full, were the “‘Veal Misto’ – Grilled veal cutlet with flash broiled jumbo shrimp, lemon butter, mushrooms, prosciutto, and melted provolone cheese” Everything was perfectly cooked and the veal had a great flavor to it. And the chicken parmesan, with two, huge planks of chicken, that were also cooked perfectly. The marinara sauce at Piatto was better though.

Somehow, we still managed to eat a desert, a ricotta cheesecake with raspberry sauce. The sauce surprised us by having a bit of an alcohol burn to it, almost like it wasn’t the right liquor for the sauce.

Bruges is still our favorite food find of the week, but we must give best service for the week to Rillo’s, my water-glass was never empty, empty plates quickly disappeared, and we were frequently checked on, good job everyone!


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