Richmond, VA is a beautiful town full of history. I didn’t get to get out and explore as much as I wanted, but I did manage to chat with some locals to get a recommendation for a great restaurant called Graffiato.
After a long day of work we jumped into an Uber and headed to downtown Richmond, VA. Located on Broad Street, this joint was a rustic restaurant with a full bar and an espresso machine. They specialize in small plates style dining, which means you should order three or four entrees and share them; I went with one other person and four entrees filled us nicely.
One of my favorite things to do at a new restaurant is to let the waiter pick out their favorite or most popular dish. It’s a great way to get a sense of the local tastes and culture (though it can be a bit risky as well). In this case, the waitress made a great choice for us; Butternut Squash Agnolotti.
The sauce was killer, and the hazelnuts on top really gave it a nice flavor. We also picked out Grass Fed Sirloin Bistecca which was very nice, but I’d have to say the Agnolotti was my favorite.
I had a nice house cocktail, and ended up in a discussion with the waitress about whether or not a White Russian should have espresso in it; she had not heard of it made that way, but was happy to make one. To satisfy our sweet tooth we opted for Chocolate Budino, which had amaretto marshmallow and hazelnut graham cracker crumble. It matched very nicely with the White Russian.
The food was great, and the drinks were swell. While the place was a bit noisy and there wasn’t a lot of privacy for the tables, the staff was friendly and we left full and happy. If you’re in the Richmond, VA area, it’s for sure a place to check out.