Ragazzi Arte Cafe
Ragazzi Arte Cafe, Italian food cafe located in a little 100-year-old yellow house on Rogers Street. Quaint atmosphere. The inspiration was a house set in Sicily. With arches and white washed walls and old hardwood floors. Diners enjoy dinner by candlelight and soft music in the background. The restaurant regularly features live singers and musicians. The last Saturday of every month Ragazzi Arte Cafe hosts the Accordion players from Chicago. Carol and Sharon have been playing 30 years together. You will feel like you're in South Italy in Bloomington.
Art lovers will love the cafe because 35 local artists' work can be seen on the walls. A special party is organized once a month for local artists to meet and to get to know each other. You can view times on the Ragazzi calendar located on www.bloomingtononline.net.
Ragazzi's also has a singles club. It is called Creating Connections and it is located under the forum on www.bloomingtononline.net.
In the works: Italian cinema at Ragazzi's in the summer. The garden is being planted with a variety of plants that will show a myriad of colors! Outdoor tables will be available soon so customers can eat outdoors this summer.
Ragazzi's loves to participate in local politics and encourages customers (Republicans, Democrats, and Libertians) to engage in conversation, as well as encouraging others who have long since given up on politics to get involved once again.
If you're in the mood for some Italian vegetarian food, try the Gabriella. Fettucine, white wine, fresh lemon, capers, diced tomatoes, and artichokes smothered with homemade garlic butter, it melts in your mouth! For meat lovers the cafe offers t-bone steak, filet of sole, and other meats. A local favorite is the Caprese salad with ripe tomatoes, fresh basil and fresh mozzarella topped with Ragazzi's homemade balsamic virgin olive oil dressing. New specials are available every week.
The owner's husband is from Italy, the south of Italy, Calabria. His hometown is La Mezia Terme. The homemade tiramisu is one of the house's specialities. Adapted from Renato's mother's recipe. Lena always knew a way to make homemade Italian food delicious for her 8 children. The tiramisu is made with Mascapone cheese, ladyfingers, and sweet Marsala wine and Kahlua and a few special ingredients to make it Ragazzi's own. A great dessert in the summer!
- 212 S. Rogers Street
- Bloomington, IN 47404
- See www.bloomingtononline.net calendar of events at Ragazzi's.