Tucked away on Palisades Drive, with views of the hills of Santa Ynez Canyon Park, is the elegant Casa Nostra Ristorante. The specialty is simple, fresh Italian fair. We sampled the mussels soup, ravioli di zucca (amazing pumpkin ravioli), gnocchi with Alfredo sauce, farfalle Veneziana (a pink sauce typically made with vodka, tomato sauce and cream), and huge, grilled shrimp in a bed of spinach. Everything was truly spectacular and no one left hungry. What made it even better was the terrific staff and excellent service. Their complete menu, along with directions, can be found on the website: www.casanostraristorantela.com.
July 3, 2010