Finally got to Rizzo’s Diner the other night.
Well, actually over a week ago, but I’m just now getting around to posting about it. Rizzo’s is on GE Patterson near main, basically across the street from the arcade in the old Harry’s Detour location. It’s chef Michael Patrick’s new restaurant, the first place he’s been both the owner and the head chef. For more info, check out the facebook page for Rizzo’s.
We started with the much acclaimed lobster pronto pups. Definitely a must try.
Next came something we didn’t order, the seared scallops with slaw. Chef Patrick sent them out for us all to try. Everyone loved them, lots of spice and perfectly cooked. The fresh slaw complimented the scallops perfectly and toned down the heat just enough. Fantastic.
Next came entrees. Almost everyone got the catfish special. It was a generously sized catfish filet crusted with seasoned cornmeal and bacon (yeah, bacon) served over cheddar grits. Two of my dining companions said they hated grits, both changed their mind after trying the cheddar grits. They’re that good. The sauce was especially fantastic, a remoulade with a decent amount of heat and lots of flavor that did an amazing job of contrasting the earthiness of the catfish.
My girlfriend got the pasta, but unfortunately I forgot to take a pic. I tried it and loved it though.
I was full at this point, so I threw in the towel, but two people at the table, Anthony and Mark, ordered a dessert. It amounted to a sundae on top of an ice cream sandwich. I tried a bite, and it was every bit as good as it sounds. I suggest splitting it though, it’s huge, especially after the generous portions at rizzos.
Overall, it was exactly what I expected. A cozy atmosphere that’s upscale without being pretentious. Service that’s meticulous but comfortably casual. Food that manages to be both innovative and approachable. Do yourself a favor and go try it for yourself.