With every Boulder pub overflowing on St. Patrick’s Day, a group of us put Plan B into action
My husband, two visiting friends from the East Coast and I thought we’d go to one of the Boulder pubs for St. Patrick’s Day last week. Not downtown. Nothing too Irish-sounding, so no Conor O’Neill’s and no Murphy’s. The Hungry Toad, we thought. Silly us. The wait for a table was 45 minutes and the bar area was overflowing with revelers. We decided to subtitute one I-country for another. We weren’t going Irish or even British Isles-style, so we crossed Boulder’s Broadway to Radda Trattoria for some Italian food — specfically, Tuscan food.
We like Radda for its reasonable prices and solid food — antipasti, soups, salads, pasta, pizza, entrees and desserts. Only two items cost more than $16 — and those are Bistecca alla Fiorentina, New York strip steak from Colorado beef. They’ve worked at damping the noise, but our only issue is that it still is a louder restaurant than we prefer. Two of us had gnocchi and two had pizza — no prelude and no postlude that evening.
Price check: At dinner, antipasti, $4-$9 (plus salumi misti, $14); insalate (salads), $5; contorni(side dieshes), $5; minestre (soup), $4; pasta, gnocchi e risotto, $11); dalla cucina (entrees “from the kitchen”), $16; alla griglia (from the grilled), $14-$16, plus Bistecca alla Fiorentina for one or two,$27 and $45; pizza al forno, $9; dolci (desserts), $4-$8.