Da Pino

September 1st, 2008 by Eric

Da Pino reopened in its new Ravenna location last week, so we wandered down for a late lunch on Saturday.  The very casual cafe has four small tables, with Calabria maps and memorabilia hanging on the walls.  We grabbed a couple of menus, found a seat, and looked over the specials board.  Two other tables were occupied, and I was pleasantly surprised to hear people at both tables occasionally talking in Italian – to each other, and to the owner.

The menu includes a number of sandwiches that feature cured meats made by the owner, Pino Rogano.  On this visit, the pasta specials appealed to us, so I ordered rigatoni with meatballs (tasty!), and Dawn had the fettuccine with wild boar meat sauce, blueberries (yes, blueberries) and tomatoes.  Each pasta had Italian cheese crumbled on top; I think Parmigiano would have worked better since this cheese didn’t quite melt into the sauce.  The dishes reminded me of growing up in NY and having dinner at my friend’s Italian grandmother’s house: al dente boxed pasta served with a hearty sauce.  Good, basic Italian cooking.

Fettuccine with wild boar meat sauce, blueberries, and tomatoes

We rounded out the meal with scoops of strawberry and stracciatella gelato, and ordered a few cured meats to-go from the deli case.  Next time, I’ll have to try a sandwich, tiramisu, and an espresso.  I think I could get used to having Da Pino in the neighborhood.

Da Pino
2205 NE 65th St

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One Response to “Da Pino”

  1. Martha Hykel says:

    Just wanted to spread the word that we all have to keep the small ” Pop ” independently owned delis like Da Pinos frequented and enjoyed so that they stay in the limelight and they do not ever fall by the wayside because losing a place like Da Pinos would be a tragedy because he has the real thing. So lets spread the word and go see how much a plate of pasta or a slice of coppa can tingle your taste buds !

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