GENEVA – Riganato Old World Grille, 700 E. State St., in Geneva is relatively new to the Geneva dining scene. Located just east of downtown, the eatery prides itself on offering a delicious and comfortable meal using fresh ingredients.
During a recent visit, the lunch staff at Riganato did just that.
My companion and I were looking for a newer restaurant to try out and Riganato has been our minds for the last few weeks. It’s located on a stretch of State Street where speed limits increase going east and decrease going west, so it can be difficult to find. In what looks and feels like a home, the decor inside fit nicely with the old world theme. The interior was very clean and brightly lit with sunshine through the windows.
Only a few tables remained during our lunch hour visit, a testament to a following Riganato has gained since opening earlier this year.
After perusing the menu for a few minutes, it didn’t take long for dishes to call our names. We opted against an appetizer, but there were a few delicious sounding options, including Meatball Riganato (two large homemade Ricotta-stuffed meatballs with a house marinara sauce), Fried Eggplant (fresh eggplant lightly breaded and fried, topped with house marinara and Parmesan), and Nick’s Calamari (lightly breaded, pan-fried with garlic, lemon and pepperoncinis, served with cocktail sauce).
My companion decided on the Chicken Riganato sandwich, which features lemon oregano grilled chicken with roasted potato wedges, provolone cheese, aioli and hot peppers. She said the sandwich came on a thick bread with the cheese melted throughout. She ordered the sandwich without the hot peppers as a personal preference. A very tasty meal, she said, which came with a side of french fries. Fries can be upgraded to any other side dish for $1 extra. To drink, she ordered a raspberry iced tea, which featured the right balance of sweetness and raspberry flavor.
I usually don’t order kebobs at restaurants, but the Black Angus Ribeye kebobs were calling my name. Each kebob – other options include a Lemon Oregano Chicken kebob, a Pork Tenderloin kebob and a Summer Veggies kebob – is char-boiled with tomatoes, onions and bell peppers, and is served on toasted pita bread with Tzatziki sauce. The meal includes french fries, but can also be exchanged for another side for $1 extra.
The ribeye was cooked to order and gives you a taste of steak for a lower price than an entire cut of steak; it really is a perfect portion of meat during the lunch hour. The flavors of the char-boiled meat and veggies were very distinct and – combined with the pita – can be made into smaller sandwiches.
Riganato Old World Grille also features homemade pizza, burgers, paninis, steaks, pasta and seafood. The menu is sure to please any visitor, whether it’s for lunch or dinner.
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