Neighborhood treasure

Before going to Wicked, we went to Ristorante Doria, a quaint little Italian restaurant on the corner of Roosevelt and 50th in the U-district. I’ve been here once before and I really enjoyed everything they had to offer.

Atmosphere: Upon entering, it’s a cozy restaurant that instantly seems family oriented. With it’s semi-dim lighting, it sets the mood as romantic and intimate, yet also welcoming and homey. Nice decor, can accomodate a large party as well.

Pricing: It’s about the price you would expect for an Italian restaurant, entrees were about $13-$20. Their price is pretty reasonable for the portion size you get. Well worth it!

Service: Very friendly wait staff. Their chef sometimes comes by to greet everyone and say hi, which is nice because you know how busy they can be. Excellent service though.

Crab bisque, one of the specials for the night. Nice tomato flavor and plenty of crab to go around.

My dish! Calamari linguini with pesto sauce. I love pesto and I love calamari! It was really ┬átasty as I expected. Not too heavy on the stomach either. I couldn’t stop eating it.

My friend’s dish. This was also the special for the day. A mixture of seafood with light tomato sauce.

Another friend’s dish – linguini with clams in extra virgin light olive oil, garlic, parsley, red pepper flakes, and tomatos.

Rigatoni tossed with homemade sausage, tomato sauce, cream, and a touch of white truffle oil.

Johnny’s dish. I really liked it – lots of flavor from the chicken breast in marsala wine demiglace with wild mushrooms that went well with the pasta in tomato sauce. I couldn’t stop eating it!

Overall: I really enjoyed our dinner, the food came out pretty quick and it was a really great evening. They also have happy hour from 4-6p that I will definitely have to try (some dishes that are half off!). There were so many dishes that sounded delicious. One in particular that I had last time was gnocchi and I must say it was the best I’ve ever had! It was so light and fluffy that melts in your mouth. You will NOT regret it :)

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