Rino’s Place


Matt and I have talked about going to Rino’s ever since we moved to Boston, but hearing about the long wait kept us away until last week. (I blame you, Guy Fieri.) We went on a Friday for lunch, thinking there would be no wait. Of course we were wrong…we still had to wait an hour. Luckily, Rino’s just opened a bar across the street so that people would have a place to wait for a table, so having to wait was no big deal.

Having not really planned on the wait, we were starving when we finally sat down. We immediately went to the appetizer menu.


We chose the Panko Crusted Eggplant, which was layered with roasted tomatoes, cheese, and covered with a pesto cream sauce. The eggplant retained some crunch, even under all the rich sauce. It was a classic flavor combination executed beautifully.

Lobster Ravioli

I knew I had to try Rino’s famous Lobster Ravioli for my main dish. The chunks of lobster througout the brandy cream sauce was a pleasant surprise.

Lobster Ravioli

The pasta had a wonderful texture and were absolutely loaded with lobster meat. The sauce tasted of lobster, with a little boozy bite from the brandy. The dish was so rich and the portion so generous that it was difficult to get through more than a couple of raviolis, but my leftovers certainly didn’t go to waste.

Pumpkin Ravioli

Matt ordered the Pumpkin Ravioli. The pasta was cut a little thicker for these and the filling was a little sweet for both of us. They weren’t bad, but maybe would have been better suited for dessert.

Matt had been deciding between the gnocchi and the pumpkin ravioli, so halfway through eating our entrees decided to order the gnocchi as well. He figured it would be fun to try a few bites and we could just take the rest home. (Our server probably thought we were crazy.)


The Gnocchi, served in another enormous portion, were incredibly fluffy and light in texture and complimented by the simple tomato and basil sauce. I was pretty full by the time it arrived, but definitely enjoyed the leftovers.

I was very impressed by the food at Rino’s. The lobster ravioli alone were worth the trip to East Boston. In fact, I’m already craving more of them. I guess I’ll have to go back soon!

Rino’s Place
258 Saratoga St
East Boston, MA
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