Good restaurants in the Springfield-Burke area are rare. Rafagino is the exception. Their innovative menus, friendly but competent service, and thoughtful wine list make for an excellent dining experience.
My wife and I eat here nearly every week, and there's always something to please. The tuna tartare, with avocado, sesame seeds and oil, and a topping of anchovy paste (by request) served in a cup held by a penguin statuette is a favorite starter. Another favorite appetizer is the mussels, served in a copper bowl, with a wonderful broth heated with jalapeños. Entrees are equally delicious, from the excellent paella (my favorite) to linguini al fruitto di mare, with either red or white sauce. Rosa's daily appetizer specials might include eggplant parmigiana or shrimp ceviche. entree specials can range from pasta with boar bolognese to osso bucco. There's always a soup del giorno, salad specials, cold and hot appetizer specials, a pasta, meat, and fish special, in addition to the regular menu.
Finally, save room for dessert! From Rosa's tiramisu to chocolate cake, they are all great.
Rafagino is open Tuesday through Saturday for dinner; you'll see us there nearly every Tuesday.
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