Myrtle Avenue, Ridgewood
All major credit cards accepted.
Open seven days a week; Sundays to Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 10
p.m. and Fridays & Saturdays open until 11:30 p.m.
between retail stores on a strip of Myrtle Avenue in Ridgewood is
Rapanelle, an Italian restaurant with a Mediterranean feel and modern
with exposed brick, quaint paintings, and a sun roof make this
well-lit establishment a real gem. Brothers, owners, and chefs Jack
and Aldo Borruso from Palermo, Sicily bring the island’s rich and
zesty southern flavors straight to Ridgewood — and do it with a
sense of style that makes the restaurant similar to eateries in Soho
or the West Village.
The Borruso brothers, in fact, had that in mind — “to bring
‘the City’ into Queens” — when they opened 2,000-square foot
Rapanelle last April.
also said they wanted to “streamline” the menu in order to
lunch crowd, some of them bankers and locals, as well as those
who travel a bit to taste the delectable pasta, seafood, and meat
dishes for dinner.
In many ways, Jack said that “there aren’t many restaurants
around here… mostly fast food” and he is right.
the commercial business improvement district strip, Rapanelle stands
out as one of the few places to sit down and have a meal and wine
leisurely and absorb the atmosphere.
Not to mention, all of their dishes taste extremely fresh,
especially their seafood, which they get locally.
To start, my companion and I had complimentary Foccachia bread
that was fresh out of the oven.
Next we had a zesty dish of baked clams along with an order of
steamed mussels, both cooked to perfection with a good amount of
baked clams have a citrus taste and spiced and crisp with breadcrumbs,
and the mussels are marinated with a light red and white wine sauce.
then sampled the Rigatoni Rapanelle, which was comprised of a slightly
sweetened and very tender Italian sausages, mushrooms, plum tomato
sauce, and diced mozzarella.
Then we tried the Shrimp Scampi dosed with a very light butter
off the meal, we had a dynamite homemade tiramisu—perhaps the best
tiramisu I’ve ever tasted.
It is not to be missed!
the weekends, specials include gongolaza salad and mescaline salad
with goat cheese as well as other fish specialties like Snapper, Brook
Trout, and filet mignon.
parties, catering and take-out are available too.
For more information on Rapanelle, log online at www.rapanelle.com.