The Bottom Line
Update May 2010: I revisited Rigatony's after they moved to the new Tempe Location. The menu offerings are the same, and it is as popular as ever. The prices are now higher than they were in 2006 when this review was first written, but the quality is still good and the ambiance and space is improved at the new location.
- Plenty of food
- Casual, neighborhood environment
- Since moving to tempe in 2010 there's more parking and an outdoor dining patio
- Long wait on weekends
- Servings at RigaTony's are large, and it is common to see people taking food home.
- RigaTony's is a neighborhood place, and it appears to be popular with the older crowd.
- Wear your jeans and bring the family.
- Go early. Rigatony's gets crowded and it doesn't take long for the waiting list to get started.
- Check the web site for the Kids Eat Free specials at RigaTony's.
- RigaTony's has just one location; it is not a chain.
- Note: in 2010 Rigatony's moved from Chandler to Tempe.
- All prices and offerings mentioned here are subject to change without notice.
Guide Review - RigaTony's
My guest and I each ordered an appetizer: the Risotto Crabcakes, and the Calamari. These appetizers are each large enough for two people to share. At RigaTony's you receive two huge (about 4" in diameter!) tasty crab cakes with a nice light red pepper cream sauce accompanying them. The calamari was equally pleasant. This dish was also very large, with two sauces, one being marinara-like and the other being a little more like seafood sauce. The calamari wasn't chewy; it was tender and juicy.
For our entrees we ordered a Chicken Parmesan dinner and the Penne Rosa with Sausage. Both were good, although I thought that the Chicken Parmesan could have used more sauce and more cheese. My companion, who is not a big cheese-eater (and hence is the skinnier of the two of us!) thought it was perfect.
RigaTony's Apple Bread Pudding was hot and scrumptious. The Tiramisu was light, sweet and pleasing.