We had late reservations at Ricardo's Cafe Trattoria in Lowell. Place was hopping, obviously these people all know each other and dine here often. It was a fun scene, jazz music, singer sitting at the bar, felt like a local neighborhood party. Our waiter was awesome, she was on her game considering the obstacle course to get to us. I had another fabulous Mussles Special that was out of this world - cream base with leeks and pernod. I've got to duplicate this at home and get my fix whenever. I could have had another bowl. Hubby got a cup of minestrom soup that was also fantastic and a caprese salad (although it was excellent, nice reduced balsamic dressing - it was just too big) he didn't want to finish it. Both our entres were perfect. Mine was lobster ravioli with shrimp and asparagus. His was the swordfish, with risotto and scallops.
We haven't been in a while. Excellent reminder of wonderful night out/excellent dinner. We met Mrs. Ricardo - very pleasant people. We sat at a table in the bar area which got pretty crowded and noisy but hey, it's New Years Eve - we had fun with it.
How did everyone else do? Where'd ya go?