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R is for Ravioli

Il Davide offers a tasty and succulent variety of ravioli.

Who in the U.S. grew up without being introduced, early in childhood, to some kind of ravioli: little squares of noodle dough stuffed with meat or cheese, likely cooked up by Chef Boyardee?

Real ravioli, however —adult ones — succulent, silken-pouched beauties plumped with as many magnificent ingredients as can grow in a garden or graze in a field, are still relatively rare in this country.

Happily, downtown San Rafael is ravioli heaven thanks to . The restaurant’s chef/owner David Haydon turns out some of Marin’s best ravioli, with three or four out of a dozen unusual combinations, available on his menu at any given time.

Half moon, square or round shapes are made daily with hand-rolled dough based on organic flour. They're stuffed and sauced in parings such as Bellwether Farms’ ricotta and spinach in classic pasta dough, cloaked in a cheese-enriched cream topped with a little confetti of Hobbs pancetta; Niman Ranch short rib meat shredded and folded into little packages, sauced with a chianti classico reduction and sprinkled with Cowgirl Creamery gorgonzola and gremolata (a lemon zest, garlic and parsley garnish); spinach-flavored pasta wrapping musky, velvet-textured Laurel Chenel goat-cheese, then pepped with the bracing acidity of seasonal heirloom tomatoes, tomato consommé and fresh basil. Wow.

Il Davide’s ravioli are available both at lunch and dinner; prices range from $11.95 at lunch to $17 at dinner.

The restaurant is at 901 A Street, 454-8080.

Rick D. Mendell June 13, 2011 at 04:46 AM
Leslie, sure I'm just a wine guy, but if you tell the rest of the world what us locals know about Il Davide’s consistently delicious food, we'll all be standing in line. David is one of the top Italian restaurants in Marin year in and year out for a reason. They serve great food!
Nicole Ely June 14, 2011 at 10:18 PM
Hey Rick. Thanks for the feedback on Il Davide! I encourage you to write a review about the restaurant on our directory listing here: http://sanrafael.patch.com/listings/il-davide

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