DINAMO…hidden treasure

On 821 West Cary Street, nestled between homes, small businesses and the VCU campus you’ll find a hidden treasure of homemade pasta…DINAMO.  dinamorichmond.com Dinamo is a tiny spot that seats maybe 30 people at once, so if you want to eat there, better make reservations complements of opentable.com.

Accompanied by a fellow foodie friend, I enjoyed the sleek but still charming atmoshphere and superb homemade pasta dishes.

The menu offered a bounty of fabulous choices, making choosing difficult.

Wedding Soup:bread

I opted to begin my meal with the traditional Wedding Soup served with fresh baked bread…divine. My friend chose the tagliatelle with eggplant and I chose the calamari & shrimp with squid ink fettuccine.  Both excellent choices.  The generous portions provided enough for a second meal via our take home boxes.

Now, I must confess, that we both felt duty bound to indulge in at least two of Dinamo’s dessert  options.  I mean, in the interest of thorough investigation an all.   Tiramisu and Limoncello Tart…worth every calorie.



The New Casa in Town

Casa Italiana is the new Italian restaurant in Richmond.  It is hidden away in a little strip mall at 8801 Three Chopt Rd, Suite B, just a stone’s throw from Freeman High School. www.casaitalianarestaurant.com

Three siblings, all chefs in three different States decided that they wanted to come together and form a family company that shared beloved old family recipes as well as some new twists on those family favorites.  Lucky for me, they chose Richmond.

Genova Family

The decor has a chic European simplicity that is both peaceful and warm.  The seating is comfortable, the lighting is bright, but not overpowering and the small bar offers a place to enjoy a drink if you have to wait for a table.


The atmosphere is welcoming and inclusive.  Kristi, one of the three siblings, graciously served us and told us a little of the family story that brought them from Sicily to the States and from three different States to Richmond. After the meal, Kristi introduced us to her brother and fellow chef, Gaetano, who we thanked for a terrific meal. The Genova family offers great food at prices that won’t break the bank.

I had the Eggplant Rollatini appetizer and a house salad with grilled salmon.  The Pomadoro sauce was on point with its authentic simplicity and rich tomato flavor.  The eggplant was cooked to perfection and the ricotta filling tender and delicate.  The house salad, topped with piece of tender, crispy skinned salmon was just the right accompaniment.

My friend and fellow foodie, opted for the Roasted Mushroom, Grilled Asparagus on a bed of Arugula appetizer and the Caprese Salad with Grilled Salmon.  Gorgeous.  Almost too beautiful to eat.  Almost.

We both gave up sugar for Lent, so we had to pass on the dessert options of cannoli made with an imported Sicilian shell or the limoncello cake dessert so common in southern Italy.  I will definitely come back after Lent…maybe I’ll try the flaming spaghetti dish too.

Flaming Spaghetti