Friday, April 30, 2010

Rivers Italian...

This town's best kept secret.
And it shouldn't be a secret.


If I were to review all the restaurants
in this little town, I wouldn't be allowed
in the door.   Except for this one...

Rivers Italian is a gleem of hope
in a town that sports specials such
as all you can eat fried fish on a friday night for 8.95
which is a heck of a deal if that's what you're looking for.

We've got an Applebee's and a Ground Round now, a few other
local restaurants that give what I'd call a weak attempt at upscale food.
It's not bad, it's just not authentic in the way of fresh, creative,
and mouthwatering.

                                                                    [ fresh marlin ]

Which is exactly what Chef Matthew Taylor's food is, fresh,
creative and mouthwatering. Every week he offers fish specials based
on what he has flown in.  Every so often he does a Port of Call,
creating a menu inspired by a specific region or country.


I can always count on there being a beef special, carnivore that I am.
It's USDA prime and cooked to perfection. A place where you can order
it rare and get it rare. That's unusual in these parts.


The atmosphere during the day is quaint and cozy. At night it
has a warm, inviting ambiance. Perfect for a romantic evening.


The wine list is solid and the staff are well versed.
I have yet to ask about a specific wine and the server
say I don't know.


The desert menu is to die for, and regularly changes.
Tiramisu anyone?

208 NE Third Street
Grand Rapids, MN, 55744
Mon - Fri:
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm


Rivers Italian

One Love. One peace. Always and all ways.


Becca said...

Love the Rivers :) Such good food!

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