There is one thing you have probably figured out on your own. I love food, I love to cook, and I love to eat. When I think of Italian food, this is the place for me. I was treated to Mother’s Day dinner there yesterday. This place never disappoints!!
Antipasti is located in Ocean City, Maryland, land of sun, sand, and fun, on the Atlantic Ocean. It is considered one of the hot vacation spots in Maryland. There is something for everyone, young and old alike.
The owner and chef, Fausto, makes you feel like you are dining in your own home. Quite a handsome fellow, I might add. He makes it a point to come to your table at least once and more often than not, several times. His olive colored skin, striking blue eyes, and beautiful smile, add to his charismatic charm and appeal. Doesn’t hurt that he also makes sure all the ladies get a kiss. This is true Italian hospitality.
When you walk through the doors the walls are lined with pictures of Fausto and his guests. Joe Namath, Henry Winkler, Sir Paul McCartney, are just a few to mention. It is quite a gallery.
With so many selections on the menu to choose from, it’s hard to say that one item is better than the other. I am absolutely in love with his gnocchi. Little pillows of heaven, that melt in your mouth. It’s hard not to moan out loud when I eat them. From appetizers to desserts, the whole dining experience is phenomenal.
He also teaches cooking classes. My husband surprised me by signing us up. I did learn one valuable lesson about tomato sauce, or “gravy” as true Italians call it. You MUST use San Marzano tomatoes. So named, for the region they are grown in. Cooked low, and slow until they render all of their sweetness. I added absolutely nothing to them and turned out the best “gravy” I have ever made.
If you happen to be in the area, stop in and say hello. I will caution you, it is best to make a reservation, especially during the high season which is summer. If you want authentic Italian food and an authentic Italian atmosphere, don’t miss Ristorante Antipasti. Maybe I will see you there!
Til next time,
2 responses to “Ristorante Antipasti”
Vickie, I love Antipasti!!! My favorite restaurant in OC. I always get the Timballo Abruzzese! Delicious! Fausto and his wife Binda are long time close friends with my dad’s fiance Pam. Binda is a hoot!! I’ve often thought of you when having dinner there… thinking I bet the DelGrosso’s would love this place! Too funny! Thanks for sharing!! 🙂
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We go there all the time! My mother in law gets the Timballo every time. I love the gnocchi! Congrats to you BTW!!