Riccardo and Georgette Spaccarelli opened Riccardo's Ristorante in 1980, and over the years it's gained a reputation for serving some of the best upscale Italian fare around. The couple's devotion to Italian culture and cuisine is clear when you take a peek at the wine list: it offers reds and whites from no other country but Italy. It's this type of authenticity that leads diners to agree with the restaurant's tagline, which is “Lake Oswego's most authentic Italian restaurant.”
Diners praise the scallop appetizer, described as piping hot and well-seasoned, as well as the veal entree — succulent and melt-in-your-mouth tender. If you want to go meatless, there are plenty of choices, such as the lasagna and ravioli, which are said to have surprisingly complex flavors.
Not only can you feast on hearty dishes at Riccardo's, the owners also have a retail wine shop across the parking lot, Vin Italy, that also doubles as a wine bar called Bar Marzocca. Here, you'll find happy hour specials on wine as well as a smattering of small plates all created by Riccardo's chefs.