Mario's Place is an award winning Northern Italian restaurant in Riverside, and right across the street from the Mission Inn. Nancy, Bill, Brad and I had a fabulous meal there on Saturday night.
We began with 4 glasses of a Sardinian Vermintino at the bar, but were quickly seated at our table.
Nancy began with goat cheese stuffed zucchini blossoms.
Bill had an ahi appetizer.
I had burata on a bed of arugula and prosciutto.
Brad had an appetizer portion of what was also my entree: veal and pork tortellini in a mushroom, herb and butter sauce.
Next, we all sampled Nancy's delicious corn chowder with shrimp. The three red wine drinkers enjoyed a bottle of Avignonesi Montepulciano Nobile wine.
As entrees, Brad and Bill both enjoyed the oxtail ragu with pasta.
Nancy loved her porcini ravioli.
Dessert? Of course. I don't know where we put it! Bill had a cheese plate:
I had a scoop of caramel ice cream.
Nancy had a Mille fiore (cookies with a beautiful cream).
Brad, usually the sweet tooth, had the good sense to stop eating! What a great meal!