Frankly, I never expected to find what I found when we entered this new restaurant in a strip center on the feeder of the Southwest Freeway! The first positive discovery was the Instito Gastronomico Caterina de Medeci-trained chef of 40 years, Chef Roberto Crescini! Also, I immediately stood in front of art depicting memories of Chef’s beautiful hometown of Brescia in northern Italy.
Chef Crescini’s concept is to provide fresh (get it? Fresco!) ingredients… bread, pasta, pizza, ravioli, meatballs, sauces, dressings and desserts ALL made in-house daily! The kitchen is “true scratch”. All grains and cheeses are imported from Italy. A pasta machine is parked outside of the kitchen in plain view for the customers to watch the magic of pasta-making. Remembering the menu, classic dishes may be ordered, as well as custom-made dishes crafted from your choices of fresh pasta, sauces and proteins.
We started off with Umbria Lentil Zuppa, a hearty a soup of lentils, chopped onion, carrots, celery, garlic and house-cured guanciale (an Italian cured pork product). I’m a big fan of lentil soup, but this was much richer and tastier due to the depth of ingredients. Read More