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The Salt Project was able to try out Rovali's Ristorante Italiano this past fall, but we went back again when they offered to host us in connection with Ogden's Restaurant Week to try out their specials for this week. Like all the other participating restaurants they are offering a two course lunch for $10 or a three course dinner for $17. An appetizer, an entree consisting of either fettuccine alfredo or lasagna with a meat or veggie sauce, and a dessert.

My husband and I decided to each try out one of the entrees so that we could share and taste them both. The lasagna was clearly made by a chef with skills far superior to mine and came with bread that I could have eaten all day! 

He got a cream of asparagus soup and I got a classic Italian salad, which came with their own house made dressing.

Whatever herb blend they created was so flavorful, and had the perfect zest.

Our daughter also go the fettuccine alfredo and practically licked the plate clean! (I am pretty sure my death threat eye glare was the only thing that prevented it from actually happening! :)

She was also bursting when she found out that they offered lavender lemonade. She has just recently discovered that you can eat various flower petals and is completely obsessed with any cooking that involves flowers. 

Our allergy boys just ordered a simple meat pizza without cheese.

Our sweet waitress was a total blessing and helped us order for our young two year old son. He had fallen asleep in the car on our way over and was a bit of a wreck. We were stressed trying to find out what he wanted when she came to our rescue and suggested a kids' plate of meat ravioli, but with the sauce on the side in a little cup so he could pick up the raviolis with his fingers and dip them in sauce. I'm sure every kid likes to dip, but of all our kids he is definitely our biggest 'dipper' and when those arrived he immediately cheered up, started smiling and ate every bite of his food!

They also brought out crayons and coloring pages to keep all the kids entertained while we waited for our food. 

I love it when waitresses can save the day, rather than getting frustrated with the large family with little kids taking over the restaurant! Thank you Kerissa! 

He absolutely loved his meal and then ate a large scoop of our pasta as well.

And then after running out of pasta decided that the sauce was good enough to just drink straight from the cup!

He definitely would give Rovalis a high rating! Especially when his dessert showed up and the two kids who had already polished off their entire meals ate a large cream puff in a manner of minutes!

I also discovered that they have a separate little bakery section right in the front where you can just stop in for a gourmet drink or fancy dessert. (It might have been good for me to not have discovered this, as I may be eating far too many desserts in the near future! :)

I love the idea of restaurant week and encouraging people to get out and try new places or menu items or even just revisit old favorites. If you like quality Italian eating, you have to make sure to stop by Rovali's Ristorante Italiano sometime. Not only was the food amazing, but seriously such a warm, charming atmosphere as well!

Melinda

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