Boulder’s Radda seems to be the restaurant that people “in the know” love, but don’t talk about very much. They keep it to themselves because it’s one of the few places in Boulder that you can feel somewhat tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the normal food scene, even if it happens to be a packed house. Frankly, the entire Ideal Market area on Broadway has that feel of peace from the downtown Boulder scene. At Radda, you’re going to get a good meal at a good price and you won’t leave stressed out from finding parking or having a long wait.
First off, Radda’s menu and atmosphere is based around the town of Radda in Chianti, an area of Tuscany known for rustic, simple, delicious food. They even have a signature dish of Chianti, a slow roasted wild-boar red pasta sauce called “Cinghiale.” If you’re a stickler for Italian cuisine and culture, you’ll appreciate the fine details and touches put into the menu and the restaurant as a whole. If you’re just there to fill up on good food, that’s always an option as well.
All of the pasta dishes are house-made and fresh. They even offer gluten-free options of pasta for those looking to partake in the true Tuscan experience but prefer a sans-gluten lifestyle. The main courses available are hearty and filling and make great stand alone meals. Otherwise, weather permitting, one of the most charming aspects of Radda is the outdoor patio which is perfectly suitable for ordering an array of items from the antipasti menu, paired with a Negroni or one of their many white or red wines by the glass.
Brunch is probably one of Radda’s lesser-known features (and we know how Boulder loves to brunch). While there might be a short wait for dinner service, there typically is little to no wait for brunch. They offer typical breakfast items with an Italian twist, including frittatas, Italian-style halibut and eggs, prosciutto and egg panini and more. They even offer a breakfast pizza with eggs, sausage, bacon, jalapeno and fontina cheese on it.
Radda truly is one of the Ideal Market prime spots for dinner or brunch. It’s just out of town enough to have good potential for a drop-in without a reservation and still offers the handcrafted food experience that you’ve come to expect from Boulder’s dining scene. For a small slice of Tuscany right here in the Rocky Mountains, Radda is your place.