While we seem lately to be eating a lot of katsu and ramen and dosa, it doesn't mean that we don't love great Italian food. So we made the trip out to Kits to try this Vanfoodster recommended pasta and Italian specialty cafe and eatery.
Casereccio (made at home) opens at 8 am every morning and serves wonderful pastries and very good coffee, perfect to start any morning. The homey atmosphere makes it a place where I would choose to linger and enjoy a book. Unfortunately, only so many people can linger as the lunch people start to show (including us). We placed our order and waited on a bench provided. Happily, a lady noticed us and cut short her linger so that we could use a table. Maybe consider getting your order to go (or be prepared to eat outside where it was quite chilly the Saturday that we were there)
We ordered a couple of pasta dishes (you choose sauce and pasta) starting with Porcini Cream Sauce and Butternut Squash Ravioli. Mharie declared this the best pasta that we have ever had and I think she may be right. There were big chunks of porcini which is a distinctly flavorful and meaty mushroom and there was lots of grated cheese. The ravioli itself, house-made like almost everything else, was cooked to a perfect al dente and paired wonderfully.
I tend to judge an Italian joint by their bolognese and at Casereccio their Lasagne Bolognese was also a real treat. We found ourselves carefully scrapping the empty dish to get every bit of baked on cheese and sauce. Very good!
We got ourselves some cannoli for dessert at home later. They come in Sheep's milk ricotta, pastry cream and chocolate. The shells were nicely crispy and the fillings rich and tasty.
We also got one of their calzones to go. This one had mortadella and I think provolone. It was not quite what I expected but it was tasty just the same.
Also on the menu at Casereccio that we would have liked to try are arancini and a daily house risotto among other things. The pastas and sauces are the great attraction here though and we will be back to try some more. Prices are very reasonable at around $20.
They seem to be a big family here and we found everyone to be enthusiastic and friendly. We were fortunate to meet Marie who is evidently the boss and matriarch and chief pasta maker! She made us feel welcome and we hope to meet her again.
Food 4 1/2 out of 5
Comfort 3 1/2 out of 5
Service 4 out of 5
Value 4 1/2 out of 5
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