This was actually in September last year.
Ristorante Rugantino was right at the bus stop. I got one of the tables next to the wall. That’s the thing with eating alone. The best tables are always reserved for couples or groups. I was sat down by a cute guy, but had to order from a short Indian guy. At first I thought that he at least spoke English. He recommended the house pasta, which I did choose. For seconds I picked cuts of meat. For dessert I was undecided. I asked for the white house wine.
They also had two other menus. One was €10 and was vegetarian, the other was fish and was €16. If I had eaten there twice, I would have also tried the fish menu.
As I waited, I got my cold water and bread, then the wine. The later was nice. A bit acidic, but not too much. I wasn’t sure if it was demi-sweet or demi-dry, though I’d put my money on the first. A bit strong, though I’ve found that Italian wines tended to be a bit stronger than the similar Hungarian wines. Probably because of the more sun.
The atmosphere was nice. The servers were dressed in costume and there was Italian music playing from the speakers. The noise from the street wasn’t bad, maybe except for the occasional siren.
My first course arrived promptly. It tasted good, but a bit too much pepper. The pasta was cooked al dente, which is how it should be. It was my first experience with fresh pasta and it really wasn’t like the dried one. It was very filling and I was glad for the time between courses. They took my plate away long before they brought the next course, so I didn’t have to sit with an empty plate for long.
The restaurant was quickly filling up. Behind me an American couple sat. The man ordered beer, predictably, and had a problem with communicating with the server. I used the pick-and-point method and apparently the guy didn’t have the brains to do the same. He was quickly annoyed that he couldn’t chat about what he wanted. The service was generally good, though the tables weren’t served all at once. The food seemed to come by type, rather. Though it was very quick, so the people didn’t have to watch the other people at their table eat for long.
My second course just said cuts of meat, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I got some nice tender meats in a vegetable stew. It went well with the heat of the day. The taste wasn’t too much and I liked it more than I thought I would at first glance. I enjoyed the dish.
The panna cotta I got for dessert was delicious and cold. The top was chocolate cream though I could have chosen caramel as well. With desserts I always liked the ones that were not too sweet and that one was just right.
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