Thursday, November 17, 2011

Boccali's - Ojai, CA

I live right up the hill from Boccali's - probably 3 miles and before tonight I have never dined at their restaurant. Sure, I have gotten pizza to go but never been an actual diner. Tonight, was the night and wandered inside with Cowboy Ron. We sat ourselves down and ordered our drinks. I was ready to dive into some Italian goodness.

An Antipasto Salad serves 3-4 people so we shared that. I went after the tomatoes, cheese and basil and topped it on the fresh bread they served - an bruschetta of sorts. 

I have never had Eggplant Parmesan so I decided that is what I would have. It came out molten hot and the waiter almost tossed it in my lap upon serving. He slipped and I panicked but all ended well. That could have ended really ugly. I dunked pieces of bread into the boiling cheese until it cooled enough for to me to enjoy. I have to say that it was only ok. Nothing worth ordering again and again.

Do you like raviolis? Well Scott enjoyed them. They looked good enough.

All in all I was shocked at how much this simple food ended up costing. They have a pumpkin patch, haunted house, vegetables for sale and wine that they have made - they do a lot and get a ton of business. I just don't understand. I drive by the restaurant everyday and see the crowds - I am amazed at the following. They must be doing something right! FYI: Cash only, such a bummer.


SkippyMom said...

The antipasta looks so good. I miss my husband's wonderful Italian aunt who came for every holiday with a huge platter of it - and no matter what I had prepared I gorged on that.

I wish she would move back from Florida!

Sorry to hear the food was expensive - the entrees don't really look like all that much.

Hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving. :D

Becky said...

I agree on Boccali's - expensive and I don't really 'get' it. I have been driving by it since I was 6 years old and heard how awesome it was, but have only eaten there twice. I had lasagna last time and it was basically molten cheese I had to wait to eat it for what seemed like forever because it was sooooo hot. I am surprised that it has so much business, it always looks busy.