Going random places, even in the winter is something I love to do. It gets you out of the routine many people get into especially during the snow season here in New England when most of us just want to hibernate.
I had planned an overnight trip with my hubby and our friends and of course, I found a restaurant I just had to try. There was a Groupon deal going on and I took advantage of that. I am so glad I did because our Friday night dinner was full of palate surprising flavors and decadent dessert.
So this is where Rinato Bistro comes in, originally Bridgeman’s its located on a cozy corner off the main road. They have two dining rooms, one upstairs that is fancier and one downstairs that has more of a bar feel to it. The lighting is just right and the second-floor seating gives a wonderful view of the ocean. Our server Tekki was so fantastic, she made us feel welcome and catered to every request that was made. She brought us some warm bread that came with a yummy white bean dip – it was incredible!
Table setting, bread and white bean dip
We started off with the Wood Grilled Calamari, this dish was light and tasty. The Calamari was cooked perfectly and the fennel, arugula and lemon vinaigrette were perfect accompaniments.
Good portion for the four of us
Close up of this Calamari goodness
We also had the Chef’s featured flatbread which was a Duck Confit w/ Truffle fries which was an extremely decadent flatbread. I told the waitress it was like eating high end junk food 🙂
Duck, truffle fries, gorgonzola, & cranberry. Incredible
Close up of the deliciousness
There was so much to choose from the entree’s but my hubby settled on the Chef’s special of Oyster and Mushroom Carbonara as did our friend.
Carbonara perfection w/ Oysters, Mushrooms over a Bucatini pasta
Creamy and so tasty!
His wife and I chose completey different plates, the Wood Grilled Long Island Duck Breast and the Seared Scallops.
The duck breast came with an amazing cranberry walnut rice and the duck breast was juicy and perfectly cooked. The scallops were some of the best scallops I had ever eaten and the risotto it came with was sweet and savory at the same time.
Sweet corn risotto, mild cayenne, citrus and thyme gastric and pancetta crisp
Very good dish and the duck breast was perfectly cooked, juicy and tasty
Finally, we were enticed by the Chef’s special dessert which was a three layer chocolate cheesecake that had an oreo crumble crust. (Obviously, they had me at “oreo crumble crust”) It was decadent but light – the perfect end to a wonderful meal.
Rinato Bistro is a lovely restaurant, one that I would visit again because of the diverse menu and the way that the chef styles the meals. The service went above and beyond and this was one of the things that really made the experience at Rinato that much more of an experience.
Living that Maven life-