Serving “satisfying and luxurious” dishes that are a “mashup of California and Italy”, this “congenial” Petaluma ristorante features a “cozy”, “intimate” space that makes it a “nice choice” for a “quiet, private tête-à-tête”; a “warm” staff that “works very hard to please you” seals the deal – and it’s a “good value” to boot.
October 7, 2008
In the last year and a half since it opened, I have made the two and a half hour drive to Risibisi Restaurant in Petaluma at least six times, the food is just that good.
A distressed brick wall on one side, curtains form the ceiling pooling on the floor along the other, the restaurant is warm, intimate and inviting. Each time I have been there, I have been warmly greeted by Marco Palmieri, the owner. He has done a stellar job creating the perfect environment to showcase the talent of his culinary staff.
From house-cured salamis to an amazing roasted sweet corn salad with shaved romano, it’s almost impossible to move off the appetizer menu to the main course. But once you do, you’ll find a broad selection of perfectly excuted pastas, fish, meat and poultry highlighted by the restaurant’s namesake dish, risibisi, an imported rice risotto dish that changes daily. Other highlights include a house-made cioppino and a braised pork and sausage plate.
Dining at Risibisi is like you imagine a long relaxed dinner in Italy would be…welcoming surroundings, authentic food well-executed, good wine and an ebullient host.