Papa Razzi

by Alaina on February 16, 2011 · 7 comments

Yesterday evening I had the pleasure of having dinner with one of my dear friend’s Jess. We met while we were working at Bugaboo Creek Steakhouse about 2 years ago. We’ve always had the best time together, whether it’s having a few drinks on St. Patrick’s Day to celebrate my birthday.

Or taking in a Red Sox game in the summer.

I’ve also gotten her into running ;-) and we’ve done a few 5ks together and will hopefully do the Tufts 10k this October!

So when I hadn’t seen her in MONTHS, it was time for us to reunite again. We both had last night free so we decided to meet in the middle and it ended up being at Papa Razzi in Burlington. I had never been to PR, but I was familiar with their parent company which owns Joe’s American Bar & Grill, Abe & Louie’s, Atlantic Fish, etc. I love Joe’s so it was only a matter of time before I made it over to the Razzi.

We were seated immediately at a four-top table near the front of the restaurant. It took us about 10 minutes to order wine but just because we were catching up! I ended up with a glass of Malbec and an iced tea.

This wine was great. Not too dry and it had a cool, crisp finish at the end. Very nice. ;-)

Then we finally cracked our menus. Thankfully our waitress didn’t rush us at all and let us enjoy the evening at our pace. We both started off with salads. I had the insalata misto with no tomatoes. There were also breadsticks and foccacia.

For a meal, I wasn’t really feeling pasta or pizza or a heavy dinner of chicken or meat. What did pop out at me though? Risotto! I asked about the risotto of the day and the combinations didn’t really strike with me, but my server said I can pretty much build my own risotto. Excellent! I ended up having it with shrimp, broccoli, asparagus, onions and topped with some parmesan. It was so delicious. And enough of a helping that I took about half home.

And because this was a special dinner, we decided to share a dessert. Lately, I haven’t been too much into chocolate desserts; I really like fruit based desserts or simple gelatos. We ended up getting an apple and walnut crisp topped with vanilla ice cream. It was a perfect size for the two of us. And of course, a cup of coffee for me.

Two happy customers!

Overall, our evening was wonderful. The food and service are superb and I look forward to frequenting Papa Razzi more often, whether at this location or in Boston.

Papa Razzi has locations in MA, NY, NJ, RI and DC.

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1 Michelle February 16, 2011 at 8:49 pm

I haven’t been to the new Papa Razzi location but it is one of my favorite (if not THE favorite) chain restaurants.

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2 Rach February 16, 2011 at 10:52 pm

This place sounds fabulous! Looks like you guys had fun. :)

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3 Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete February 17, 2011 at 10:20 am

I don’t usually get dessert, unless it is a special occasion, but I have turned into my grandma because I love having a cup of decaf coffee after dinner!

What a nice place — I love when the waitstaff lets you order at your own pace, it just seems to ruin the mood if you are always being rushed.

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4 Ameena February 17, 2011 at 5:39 pm

I am with you on the coffee – I almost always have one after dinner when I’m at a restaurant because it totally kills my sweet tooth.

I love the cute name of this restaurant!

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5 Alaina February 17, 2011 at 6:22 pm

Coffee is essential. :-) Yah, they had pictures of celebrities “fighting off” the paparazzi around the restaurant.

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6 Corey @ the runners cookie February 17, 2011 at 10:25 pm

I’ve been to Papa Razzi a few times and loved it! I usually go with pasta at Italian places but the risotto sounds awesome too. And the apple walnut crisp is something I’d go for over chocolate too. Looks like fun!

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