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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Ruggeri's in Colleyville

This past Friday I had the chance of going to Colleyville...quite far I must say. I've probably only driven through that area once or twice, never to eat. It was a group dinner with a bunch of my BF's co-workers and they decided on Ruggeri's Ristorante.

32 Village Ln # 100
Colleyville, TX 76034
(817) 503-7373
Price: $$

The restaurant is dimly lit, more of a romantic setting. They put together a couple tables for us in the back of the restaurant. There's a woman playing the keyboard to provide music in the background. It was ok until she started
singing...not a great idea. I would prefer if she just played the keyboard. haha. But after a while you kind of tune it out so it didn't bother me after that.

They gave us baskets of bread after they took our drink orders. The bread was pretty good. Had a nice crust on the outside and soft on the inside.

Some people ordered the Calamari Fritta (deep-fried squid served with marinara sauce) $6.95~ to start. (sorry couldn't take a picture...) I was able to try a little bit. The calamari had good texture and was fried nicely. However, it could've used more seasoning.

Most everyone started off with salads. My BF got Ruggeri's Caesar Salad $4.95~ The flavor of the dressing was pretty good and the lettuce was fresh. It seemed like there was a lot of dressing on the salad but it didn't taste like it was drowning in it, which was good.

I decided to get an appetizer and salad as my entree so my salad came later.

After the round of salads, they gave us a small sorbet to cleanse our pallets. The sorbet was pink but I couldn't really taste any fruit was just like sugar ice. But it was sweet and did its job...I liked it. hehe.

I had read reviews that the seafood here was pretty good, so my BF decided on the Fettuccine Pescatore (fettuccine topped with oysters, shrimp, calamari, scallops and mussels tossed in our garlic butter) $14.95~
There was lots of seafood in the pasta. I was pretty impressed by that. The flavor was pretty light and you can really taste the different kinds of seafood. I liked the calamari a lot, but the scallops were definitely overcooked. The pasta was also overcooked...quite soft. :( The dish was also broth-ier than I had expected. I thought this dish was just ok, but my BF said he liked it.

I ordered the appetizer of Toasted Ravioli (stuffed with veal, ricotta cheese and spinach in a bed of tomato sauce) $5.95~ The ravioli was totally not what I expected. They said it was baked, but it felt /looked like it was fried. :/ I think it was overcooked. The inside was very flat, and the filling was dry...i couldn't differentiate between the veal and spinach, and I felt like there was no cheese in it. On a good note, I liked the tomato sauce. It would've probably be better as a regular ravioli dish with the need to "bake (fry)" it.

I also got the Insalata di Spinaci Fantasia (spinach, artichoke hearts, roasted peppers, hearts of palm, tomatoes and aged Gorgonzola cheese, topped with a creamy italian dressing) $5.95~ I think they forgot my order because it came pretty late. I had to ask them about it...
I really liked this salad. The dressing was yummy. The ingredients were all pretty fresh. The spinach did not have that gritty after-feel which was good. The hearts of palm and artichoke hearts were great with the spinach and dressing. The gorgonzola on top was just icing on the cake. Everything went together very well!

Here are some of the other dishes people ordered (I didn't get to try):

- Linguine Pescatore Diavalo (fine linguine covered with oysters, shrimp, calamari, scallops, mussels and artichoke hearts in a spicy marinara sauce) $14.95~ This also had a lot of seafood in it...and seemed quite soupy. "Some guy I met" said it was really good. :P

- Stuffed Jumbo Shrimp (four jumbo shrimp stuffed with fresh lump crabmeat. topped with a creamy sun-dried tomato sauce with a side of spinach souffle) $16.95~ This was one of the dishes I read on the reviews saying it was really good. So some people took my recommendation and ordered it. They all seemed to like it. They said the spinach souffle was pretty awesome.

Overall, this place is not bad. I was a little upset because we were in somewhat of a rush so I wasn't able to get dessert. Kinda felt like the night was incomplete. :/ The food wasnt spectacular but the wait staff (and owner) were all very nice. They forgot my salad, but it wasn't a big deal. The owner was very sweet. He wouldn't let us leave until the ladies each received a long stem rose. That's a nice touch to anyone's dinner! :) If you live in that area, it's a nice place to take a date. I probably would not drive all the way out there to eat there again though.

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