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Ricutti's, Italian in Olney

dinwiddie | May 19, 200805:40 AM

I've been eating at Ricutti's on and off for years. It has been mentioned in several threads, but I couldn't find one about just it. First I went for the wood oven pizza, but as the years progressed, the restaurant slowly drifted more and more to other food, to the point that half the time I get the pizza to carry out, and when I dine in, tend to order from the rest of the menu and have a bottle of wine with dinner.

We went last Friday, and I was glad to see that the soft shell crabs were being offered. I started with the fried oysters, as usual they were done perfectly, well presented, and delicious. I then had the excellent cornmeal crusted soft shells. They were served with an excellent tartar sauce on the side and a very refreshing apple slaw. My son had the portobello strudel, which he enjoyed, and then the sablefish special. He loved the fish, it was cooked perfectly and served atop a savory french toast. (They had a mixup in the kitchen and originally they brought this salmon instead, but when he pointed it out, they made another sablefish, and did not charge us for it. The manager was very apologetic, but we were not upset. I'd aso note that it was not the server, but a runner who brought out the plates, so he had no idea what had been ordered.)

My wife on the other hand, started with the house salad, which while nothing special, was fresh and crisp. Her spring frittata was tasty but somewhat dry.

Desserts were excellent. My son had the chocolate pizza, a staple at the restaurant, and a must for chocolate lovers. I had the bread pudding. It was delicious, not to firm, and served quite warm. If I had any complaint, it was that there was just too much chocolate sauce on it. My wife had an excellent strawberry/rubarb pie.

They have a nice wine list, at least for Montgomery County, but if I have any complaint about it, it is that there are not enough choices by the glass or half bottle. Service was excellent, friendly and attentive, even with the mixup of the fish. While we don't go that often, we enjoy it when we do. The wood oven pizza is still the mainstay, but the other dishes are well worth exploring.

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