We tried Radice last night for dinner. I had high hopes because I love the concept of Rustic Italian cooking in a wood burning oven, like Peasant in New York or Lulu's in SF. Although this restaurant is like neither one of those two places it was fantastic. The oven is huge and much of the kitchen and the oven are open and in view of the dining room. The menu consists of a number of small plates, pizza, and a short list of entrees. We had a salad of thinly sliced red beets, shaved fennel, shaved celery root and the most delicious dressing. The minestrone soup had a light delicious parmesan infused broth with beans cooked perfectly al dente, pasta and vegetables, so simple, so delicious. The baked oysters were so good we sopped up every bit of of that dish with bread. The shiitake mushroom gratinee with truffle oil, chick peas was fantastic.
They make all of their own pasta. Their version of lasagna was like something my husband and I had in Florence on our honeymoon, a loose pile of homemade noodles, a light bechamel, tomato sauce and ricotta. Ricotta/potato gnocchi in gorgonzola sauce were and unusual tube shape and great. The pizza was thin crusted and had a lot of flavor, but it was thin and chewy and I do prefer something crispier. We had the fontina, basil, mushroom pizza. Next time we will ask if they can let it get darker in the oven. The man making the pizzas was a pizziola from Italy per our waitress..
We had cannoli for dessert and they were light, delicious and tasted of limoncello. We also had roasted peaches with homemade vanilla gelato in a very thin pistachio cookie cup, that was a perfect dessert.
Their wine list needs improvement. I had two wines by the glass that were the quality of box or jug wine. For nine dollars per glass, one would expect higher quality wine. There was a very small list of bottles. They had a full bar and a nice but short list of beer by the bottle.
The service was great and you wouldnt have guessed that they have been open for only one week. I am thrilled to have a restaurant of this caliber in my neck of the woods.