After months of waiting, the Lovino Ristorante Italiano in Ruston is open. Located just across the street from the Antique Sandwich Company on North Pearl and North 51st, this new restaurant is finally up and running. It was worth the wait. – http://lovino.business.site/After months of waiting, the Lovino Ristorante Italiano in Ruston is open.
A friend was back in town for a week and wanted to chat, so Peg and I met him for a Saturday lunch. We followed another couple in and waited for someone to greet us. I stepped back outside and took a couple of photos and then joined Peg at a table by the front window looking out on Pearl. Within minutes our friend Brad joined us. We talked briefly and then ordered.Peg ordered the sausage and mushroom pizza. The crust was good and the toppings were excellent.
Peg ordered the sausage and mushroom pizza. The crust was good and the toppings were excellent (I had two slices).Our friend Brad had the sandwich special of the day, which included Fontina cheese and dip. He enjoyed it.
Our friend Brad had the sandwich special of the day, which included Fontina cheese and dip. He enjoyed it.I had the Pappardelle Bolognese. I would love to try the pasta with a wild boar’s sauce to relive dining in Tuscany.
I had the Pappardelle Bolognese. It was excellent. I would love to try the pasta with a wild boar’s sauce to relive dining in Tuscany. I would order this again. Sue Kidd from The News Tribune recommended the Carbonara, but I was extremely happy with my wide pasta noodles.The lemon sorbet didn’t taste strange, but its delivery was. It kind of looked like a yellow Santa Claus hat with white trim.
For dessert, Peg had a lemon cake, while I had a lemon sorbet. I enjoyed my bite of Peg’s lemon cake, but the sorbet was strange. The taste wasn’t strange, but the delivery was. It kind of looked like a yellow Santa Claus hat with white trim. At first I couldn’t figure out if the sorbet was just a sorbet smidgen on top or hidden inside a flash frozen, hollowed out lemon rind. It was the second. The sorbet was really cold and really good. We figure they must use the lemon pulp in their lemon cakes.
All three of us were happy with lunch. The service was good. We had two polite waitresses serve us. The food was tasty and will bring us back in for dinner . . . in the very near future.
Susanne Bacon says
In Europe, there are ice creams like these in restaurants quite often – lemon sorbet in a scooped out lemon peal, orange sorbet in a scooped out orange peel, coconut ice cream in a scooped out shell etc. Funny enough, it’s often Chinese restaurants that sell it there, whereas the Italian ones go classic. I usually have a lemon one, too. – And with all the pizza and past goodness, you’ve made me hungry now 🙂
Don Doman says
Thanks for writing.
It’s been a while, but we traveled Italy and Spain . . . usually had the gelato, but never saw the frozen rind. It just felt awkward and didn’t add to the enjoyment. Oh, well . . . the sorbet was good, though.
Thanks for sharing the information. Good food is always . . . good.
Keep writing . . .
Cynthia J Endicott says
If you dine near Point Ruston, expect to pay Seattle prices. The service is excellent, the restaurant is very beautifully decorated, and the food is wonderful. I visited with my mother and we shared an entree and a salad for lunch. Special occasions, yes. I don’t spend this much on lunch out. I get my pizza at The Cloverleaf!
Don Doman says
Thank you for reading and for commenting.
Prices are getting high everywhere. The prices at Lovino didn’t seem that bad to me, especially after having lunch at Clover Leaf, yesterday . . . and I have loved Clover Leaf from the start of their pizza recipe at The Roma in Ponders Corner decades ago. I’ll be returning to Lovino for dinner in a few weeks and write further info.
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