Monday, April 22, 2013

Cesare's Ristorante & Pizzeria

13127 Rivers Bend Blvd
Chester, VA 23836


            Amanda’s grandmother loves Cesare’s; so whenever someone is in town or there is a special occasion we go there for dinner. It is located off of Rt. 10 in the River’s Bend Shopping Center in the Enon area of Chesterfield. Cesare’s is quite large and has a big room in the back where people can hold banquets or parties. It is decorated in your typical generic Italian theme, nothing fancy but also not too cheesy like many other Italian places fall victim to. Its staff is very friendly and the service is also excellent.

            Amanda’s Uncle Keith came down from New York not too long ago so Amanda’s grandmother took us all out to Caesar’s to celebrate.  As always the staff greeted us warmly provided excellent service but unlike other times I was adventurous and ordered off of the Chef’s special menu, Crescent Butternut Squash Ravioli.  While I was hesitant to try it Amanda kept insisted that I did. As always, I am very glad that I listened to her.

            While everything at Caesar’s is very good, it is honestly not all that much different than the linty of other Italian Restaurants in the Tri-City area.  It has pizza, subs, burgers, and your typical pasta dishes but nothing that really jumps off your plate as insanely amazing or something that other places don’t also have on their menus.  The butternut squash ravioli IS that difference. 

            After about 15 minutes of talking and joking around and a round of salads and bread, our food was served.  My plate contained about 10 crescent shaped raviolis in a light orange sweet smelling sauce. As I bit into the first ravioli I knew that I had something special. It had a sweet but nutty flavor with what tasted like pumpkin pie spices, nutmeg and cinnamon.  I’ve never had a pasta dish like it before, both sweet and savory with a strong earthiness to it.  It was absolutely delicious and unlike anything I’ve ever seen or tasted at another Italian restaurant. It had a coy subtle sweetness to it that made for a rich and savory taste.  The texture of the ravioli and its inside was smooth and creamy.

            I loved this dish but I have to say that not everyone will. It is so different from the spaghetti and meatball or pizza that a lot of people will probably not get the Italian fix that they are looking for. Don’t worry Caesar’s also has you covered there with numerous delectable entrees, pizzas, and sandwiches. But for those more adventurous types, the butternut squash ravioli is superb and will not disappoint just don’t expect a gargantuan sized portion that you might be accustom to from Olive Garden.

            Over all Caesar’s is a very good Italian Restaurant but the Butternut Squash Ravioli is GREAT!


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