If you didn’t get out for Restaurant Week Maine or didn’t get to every restaurant you wanted to try, the good times and wallet-friendly fixed-price three-course menus are continuing. A handful of restaurants are continuing their Restaurant Week Maine specials. Call the restaurant for details.
In Portland: Blue Spoon, Bresca, Cinque Terre, Evangeline, Eve’s Five Fifty-Five, Hugo’s, Peppeclub, and Pom’s Thai Taste.
Also: Johnny’s Bistro, in Falmouth; Le Garage, in Wiscassett; Lily’s Bistro, in Rockland; Robinhood Free Meetinghouse, in Arrowsic; and SeaGrass Bistro, in Yarmouth.
I made it to an old favorite, Ribolitta, on the last official night of Restaurant Week. The menu drew my dad and I in with the promise of an authentic Caesar and a mushroom risotto with duck confit. When we arrived, we were also presented with the regular menu, along with the news that the duck confit had been replaced by sweet Italian sausage. Still intriguing, then I glanced at the menu and my eyes zeroed in on osso buco. My dad fell for the cannoli.
Dad began with the Caesar salad, I prefaced my meal with a salad comprising romaine lettuce, walnuts, Gorgonzola, and pancetta. Both were more than generous servings. Mine was presented as a heart of romaine, and it was a bit unwieldy; I would have preferred it broken into bite-size leaves and tossed. But, no question it was delicious.
The cannoli and osso buco were both fabulous. The latter was served with the richest, creamiest polenta I’ve ever had. I’ll definitely go back for it again. Actually, given the serving, I would have had leftovers for lunch the next day had I remembered to take them with me when I left the restaurant. Grrrr.
Bottom line: I’ve always enjoyed Ribollita. The service is professional, the white-tablecloth decor inviting without being stuffy. The tables are a bit tight, but the space is small and broken up into smaller areas, so it doesn’t feel confining. And the food? Well I’ve never been disappointed. It does Italy proud.