Walked around yesterday with my friend Nabil to find a new place to eat after work. We stopped at this place since it looked decent enough, just your usual Italian restaurant. First of all, when the waiter told us the Specials for the day, it seemed longer than the menu itself. We had calamari to start which wasn’t phenomenal, and I couldn’t figure out if the little plastic piece I took out from my first bite was part of the calamari or something else.
I ignored it, and Nabil went on to order the ravioli, and I ordered the ‘pollo parmigiani’ — I tried to enunciate it correctly when I ordered, but the waiter quickly followed up and said “Oh the chicken parm?” Yes..that’s it.
Our food came out, and the ravioli I thought looked nice enough, but my chicken parm with a side of veggies didn’t look like anything special. I barely ate half, not because it wasn’t good (it wasn’t amazing either), but it was super filling. They put a ton of cheese on top.
Afterwards, we agreed it was a bit disappointing. Nabil said, “I feel full…but not in a good way.” It was kind of spot on. The prices weren’t bad, but you get what you pay for.
So I’m thinkin: Diner food in a the mask of a nice Italian restaurant.
Ralph’s Ristorante Italiano
862 9th Ave.
at 56th St.
New York, NY 10019