Fortuna’s was one of our favorite local Italian places for years. For a number of reasons we abandoned it, satisfying our Italian urges elsewhere. At the urging of a friend we decided to give it another try.
In some ways it was a trip down memory lane. The decor, furnishings, and general atmosphere was the same as when we first stepped in the door more than a decade ago. Even one of the servers is still working there.
Fortuna’s is a neighborhood joint that makes no effort to be anything else. The only differences between the other diners and the ones we dined with years ago were the faces. Every table was occupied by folks one would expect to meet on an afternoon walk through almost any Ridglea neighborhood.
Okay! What about the food? It was just as we remembered if from the early days of our relationship with the joint. The salads are nothing special, but the house made tomato-basil dressing makes even iceberg lettuce taste great. The escargot appetizer was decadent, the pasta was al dente, the red sauce was excellent, the meat balls were great, and they have the best eggplant parmigiana around. (At least in my opinion.)
The service was earnest, if a bit erratic. The food timing was not on par with one of the white tablecloth $50 a plate joints, but then dinner for two, with appetizer, salads, one glass of wine, and entrees cost a lot less the fifty bucks. Give it a try.
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