Monday, April 9, 2012

Boston Restaurant: Casa Razdora

Before heading to New York for Kel's bachelorette party (more on that later), I stopped in Boston for the day. I mean, I couldn't really go all the way to the East Coast without at least saying hi....

Erica took a half day, so I took a nice nap in her cute and cozy apartment in the North End until she got off work at noon.

Our first mission: get some lunch. Erica chose Casa Razdora, an Italian restaurant in the Financial District that I'd never heard of.

What: Casa Razdora
Where: 114 Water Street, Financial District, Boston
Honeys Heart: Gnocchi

Casa Razdora serves salads, paninis, and pizzas, but one look at what everyone else had ordered and we knew the real star of the show had to be the pasta.

Here's how the pasta dishes at Casa Razdora work:

Step one: pick a housemade pasta- penne, fusilli, tubetti, spaghetti, tagliatelle, fettucine, linguine, ravioli, tortelloni, or gnocchi.

Step two: pick a sauce- there are 21 different options. I'm not going to list them all because, you know.

Erica chose Gnocchi with Campagnola Sauce (sausage, leeks, white wine, and mushroom porcini).

I had Gnocchi with Vodka Sauce (tomato, onion, pancetta, vodka and cream).

 The gnocchi was nice and light and the sauces were both very flavorful. I could have done with a little less sauce on mine, but since it was so delicious, I couldn't really complain.

Lunch also came with some complimentary warm focaccia bread. Yum!

Basically, I left feeling happy and full but also a little sad that Shannon and I didn't know about this place when we used to meet up for lunches on weekdays. Great choice Erica!

Following lunch, we grabbed some coffee and then wandered around the Commons, Back Bay, and the South End. Love walking in Boston!

Somehow, we ended up in front of Anchovies, a favorite of Erica's thanks to their martinis. They make them strong AND they leave the shaker in front of you and top you off when you're halfway through. So we stopped in for a martini... or three. Jocelyn joined us at some point.

Then we went to Gaslight for their Restaurant Week prix fixe dinner. Dinner came with a glass of wine, so yeah... dinner was good? I think. I know it was fun. Anyway.

It was so amazing to be back in Boston, even if it was just for a day, and I can't wait for my next visit!