The Mad Meat Genius received a hot tip of a local Italian restaurant called Botto Bistro. It is a local business in Richmond California that specializes in house made pastas and pizza. They also are having an ongoing battle with the 'Review site", 'Yelp". They are encouraging all patrons to post negative review on their restaurant. That is a story for another day. The Great White Hunter and I were having lunch to experience Botto Bistro.
. RAVIOLI DI RAPE E SALSICCIA ALL' AMATRICIANA $19
Homemade ravioli filled with sausage, broccoli rabe, garlic,
San Marzano tomato sauce, pancetta, onion, peperoncino.
Botto is situated on the outskirts of the Industrial area (World War II Liberty shipyards and Ford tank plant) and across the freeway from the 'Iron Triangle in a small strip mall. Parking karma was not needed on this food destination. We arrived at the opening bell at 11;00am to an empty restaurant. By the time we had left the place was full. Botto is a small place that probably seats approximately 30 diners. You place your order at the counter, pay and have a seat. House made pizza and pasta are the specialties. Paninis, salads,bread, house made foccacia and home made desserts are available. The menu is written in a sarcastic humorous tone probably because of their 'Yelp' debate?
The Great White Hunter and I both ordered the ravioli, house made foccacia and split an extra order of meatballs. We both enjoyed our lunch. The pancetta added a saltiness that added a layer of Umami. (somebody slap me for saying Umami). The sauce was the boss. Rich from the tomato and decadent with the pancetta. The raviolis were soft pillows of sausage and broccoli. They were fantastic. We used the homemade foccacia to get every last drop of the sauce.
We really enjoyed our lunch and hope to return and try other menu items like their pizza. I noticed several other diners with their personal pizza and they looked fantastic. We have only scratched the ravioli surface of Botto Bistro.
2171 Meeker Ave,
Richmond, CA 94804