Hidden along Water Street in Catskill is a tiny three week old Italian Restaurant. The stone pizza oven has its own attendant, Patrick. Ask for a small pizza with Nduja. The chef/manager, Franco, is the real thing. His prep stove is in the room with you. There’s no freezer or microwave. Everything’s natural, fresh, and ohhhh the aromas.
The blackboard shows the daily specials. The printed menu is piled with pastas, official pastas from Italy. Simple fresh foods, olive oils, capers, the best cheeses, fresh breads from the pizza oven… There’s soup every day, $5.99. I had a garbanzo bean soup…
Franco is from Calabrese, Italy, or more precisely, San’t Andrea. You feel like you’re in Italy when you’re eating at Radici. Posters are on all the walls. He plans a video wall so you’ll feel the countryside. In the summer the outdoor front plaza will have a few chairs and tables.
Catskill is growing, slowly. It’s useful to keep expectations low. Growth will be slow. Lumberyard, Thomas Cole, Bridge Street Theater, HiLo all bode well for sustained growth. Ricci has good timing. Its location is delightful. A view of the Catskill Creek, set on a street just behind Main Street, near all the new projects such as ForLand.
Catskill isn’t Hudson, or Woodstock, or Hunter or Windham. The projects blooming in Catskill are individual self-sustaining projects, small acts of faith.
If you love to cook, you’ll be inspired by Radicci. If you love to eat you will love Radici. It’s a bit hidden, but good things often take a little effort to find.
Radici – open for lunch and dinner
138 Water Street
Catskill, NY 12414