Ragazzi Ristorante

Ragazzi is a family-orientated pizzeria that will have you exclaiming ‘Mamma mia!’ Unlike many restaurants on Grand Cayman, the pizzeria is laid back, so you can wear jeans and flip-flops if you don’t feel like getting dressed up. Groups gather at the closely packed tables for an evening of laughter, loud talking and general conviviality. Service is excellent and fast and Sunday nights are popular for taking the children along.

Ragazzi has an authentic wood-burning oven to make its pizzas and there’s a huge range of toppings to choose from. You can go for a basic marinara, which is just tomato, garlic and basil, to a fully loaded carbonara which has mixed mushrooms, spinach, egg, bacon and parmesan cheese. The frutti di mare is lobster, shrimp, scallops, mussels, diced tomato and basil but try the vegetarian (roasted peppers, artichokes, eggplant, corn, zucchini and garlic). But then there is the Genovese (ricotta cheese, cherry tomato and grilled chicken and basil pesto) or the diavolo with spicy pepperoni. Decisions, decisions! If you can’t make up your mind, design your own.

If pasta is more to your taste, there are lots of Italian classics, such as shellfish linguine, lasagne, spaghetti bolognese and mushroom ravioli, or meat dishes including West Indian pork tenderloin or chicken marsala.

Save room for a dessert because the Sicilian cannoli, which is stuffed with ricotta cheese, white and black chocolate and served with vanilla ice cream, should not be passed up.

Ragazzi has a really good selection of specialty coffees too, such as the café Italiano which is laced with sambuca, grappa and galliano or the café montecristo with brandy, grand marnier and kahlua.

In Italian, ragazzi means ‘good buddies,’ so, if dining alone, eat at the bar and you’ll soon be included in the spirit of the restaurant.

  • All pizzas at Ragazzi are available for take-out, ideal if you can’t finish, want another for later or feel like eating at home
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