Because lobsters weren't available at Sushi Tei during the aforementioned September L.A. Lunch, we had extra in the budget for a 2nd L.A. Lunch! Yay. We went to Ricciotti at Riverwalk for some yummy and value-for-money pizzas.
Ricciotti's revamped its menu and no longer has the Tuesdays 1-for-1 pizza promotion. However, they have revised their promotion to a "Tuesdays 2nd pizza at 50%" value deal instead. This way, we managed to stay within the September budget.
We started off with some Calamari ($12.80) Deep Fried Squid with Spicy Tomato Sauce. The squid was done much better this time, soft and tender with a thin battered crust.
The Fritto Misto ($14.50) Combination of Suppli (rice balls stuffed with beef ragu and mozzarella), Calamari, Pollo Fritto (chicken tenders) with tomato and mustard sauce was also much better. The chicken tenders were actually moist, not dry. It was still a little tasteless, but add the salsa-ish tomato sauce, and voila, you get a yummy snack!
Ricciotti isn't really known for their pastas. Their pizzas and desserts are what draws in the diners. A colleague ordered the Bavette Gamberi ($19.50) Linguine with Tiger Prawns, Garlic, Olive Oil and Chilli, which, save for the crunchy prawns, was a tasteless ho-hum affair.
Ahh, the pizzas, the smoky wood-fired crust, the generous toppings, flavoursome tomato sauce and plentiful cheese, all of them were absolutely delicious. The Pizzotto ($23.50) is my favourite, with bacon, mushrooms, and a perfect sunny-side up egg that you can break and smear all over the pizza.
The Gorgonzola ($25.50) with gorgonzola cheese, bacon, caramelized onion, was a lot milder and sweeter than you'd expect. The nicely caramelized onions provided a nice sweetness to the pizza.
The Carnivora ($25.50) with honey baked ham, chicken, salami, and minced beef is for meat lovers that cannot decide, it's got everything! Well, almost.
The Prosciutto e Funghi ($21.50) with ham and mushrooms is a well-loved classic. Premium aged salty ham and white button mushrooms. Delectable.
The Gamberi e Funghi ($23.50) with prawns and mushrooms is also one of my faves here. Too bad there aren't more yummy prawns.
Onto the gorgeous desserts, the Tiramisu ($7.80) with mascarpone cheese cake with ladyfinger biscuits, coffee and cocoa, was a perfect harmony of soft fluffy textures, bitter cocoa powder, mild sweet cheese and rich coffee flavours.
I love the Soffiato ($8.90) a juxtaposition of warm dark chocolate cake with thick chocolate oozing out of the cake with icy vanilla and chocolate chip ice-cream. Incredibly sinful but such a delight.
20 Upper Circular Road
#B1-49, The Riverwalk
Tel: 6533 9060