Finding a restaurant for people who have vastly different tastes plus a desire to try something new shouldn’t be an arduous task. Riganato Old World Grille in Geneva offers something for everyone — whether for a business lunch, family dining or a romantic dinner.
Riganato exudes a home-like atmosphere — not surprising since the salmon-colored, two-story building was originally built as a home and was more recently the site of The Rib House restaurant. Guests are warmly greeted before making their way to their table in a main room that seats 50 or a newer back room that holds 25. Soft music, a cozy fireplace and rustic oil paintings and photos of herbs, fruits and vegetables further enhance the relaxing environment.
Co-owners and co-chefs Jimmy and Nick Nicolaou make all sauces, stocks and dressings from scratch. The father-son duo each bring something different to the table. While Nick favors classic old country preparations, Jimmy takes somewhat of a new culinary approach. "People seem to enjoy the different blend and aspects of our menu," says Jimmy.
Since the Nicolaou’s family roots are both Greek and Italian, Riganato’s menu features a fusion of Mediterranean fare from both countries. But it also offers more traditional burgers, sandwiches and pizza. Gluten-free and kids menus are also available.
Starters include five salad options, from a traditional Chopped or Ceasar to a Roasted Beet and Walnut featuring goat cheese and red onions on a mix of baby lettuces, topped by a house vinaigrette dressing. All the salads come in small ($5.50) and large ($9.50) sizes.
Among a variety of appetizers offered are the Char-Grilled Octopus, adorned with red onion, arugula and balsamic vinaigrette; and the Jalapeño Gnocchi stuffed with jalapeño pepper, ricotta and manchego cheese, plus fresh cilantro walnut pesto.
Those preferring more traditional dishes should consider the Meatballs Riganato appetizer — two half-pound, homemade ricotta-stuffed meatballs with house marinara sauce — or the Chicken Riganato entrée — slow-roasted chicken with extra virgin olive oil, lemon, oregano and fresh garlic. Both recipes were passed down for generations in the Nicolaou family.
For a traditional dish with a twist, try Riganato’s Tre Funghi e Salsiccia specialty pizza, featuring white truffle sauce, white and portobello mushrooms, Italian sausage, and mozzarella and fontina cheese.
Another tasty option is the Manchego and Jalapeño burger with sautéed jalapeño, aioli, house chipotle ranch dressing, manchego cheese and carmelized onions. It is one of six charbroiled, 10-oz. Black Angus burgers available, all made from chuck that is ground in-house.
For those with a sweet tooth, two-inch by two-inch mini desserts are offered for $3 each, including homemade cheesecake, rice pudding and several varieties of cake.
A range of California and international white and red wines are available by the glass or bottle, along with bottled domestic and craft beers, red and white sangria, and several specialty drinks.
700 E. State St. Geneva
331 248 0191
Char grilled octopus, Jalapeño Gnocchi, spaghetti and meatballs
Appetizers, $8 to $12; sandwiches, $9.50 to $13; entrées, $10 to $30.
Seven days a week, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Reservations accepted. New outdoor patio planned for this summer.