Disclosure: I was not compensated in any way to write this post on Raduno Brick Oven & Barroom in Little Rock. I simply wrote this because I enjoy exploring and gabbing about my beloved state of Arkansas and all the things happening here.
Hey, hey, hey! Today, I’m sharing my first experience at Raduno (pronounced ra-doo-no) Brick Oven & Barroom in Little Rock.
One of my teacher bucket list items for #summerbreak2016 is to get out more and explore the world around me. In this season of life – parenting toddlers – I feel I’ve missed out on exploring some of the culinary culture that has popped up around Little Rock over the last few years.
This week, my friend and I decided to check out Raduno Brick Oven & Barroom, which is located in the downtown area. A quick look at the menu online let me know to expect pizza, salads, and sandwiches. We visited on a Thursday evening at around 6:30. The place had a steady trickle of patrons who seemed interested in a laid-back atmosphere for a meal, a drink or two, and conversation.
Raduno Brick Oven & Barroom – Little Rock
A fun and well-decorated sitting space with the cutest stools met us as we walked in the front doors.
I was instantly in love with the layout of the space and the modern decor. After working as a waitress for six years of my college and early adult life, I am all too familiar with the over-crowded feel of many restaurants. The tables are often too close together, making the pathways tricky for wait staff and patrons alike. This is definitely not the case at Raduno’s. As you can see, there is a large airy walkway straight down the middle of the restaurant with a bar on the left and tables lined on the right.
I love the pops of red brought in with these modern chairs.
I arrived intending to order a pizza, but I was distracted by the “margherita grilled cheese” on the menu.
I asked the waiter about whether the restaurant uses local ingredients, and he said that it does use some. Notably, as I wrote this blog post, I saw that the latest post on the Raduno FB page showcased a beautiful red, white, and green caprese salad using local tomatoes from Tanner Farm in Arkansas. The #eatlocal and #eatlocallr hashtags were used which adds all the more charm to this tasty looking appetizer. Other recent posts on their page promoted Ozark Beer Company and Hardin Farms. If you read my post about supporting local farmers and makers, you know I find it important that local restaurants and residents buy from our Arkansas farmers!
When our food arrived, I was pleased with what I saw. The margherita grilled cheese is served on focaccia bread. The roma tomatoes, basil leaves and fresh mozzerella layered over a pesto dressing has a great presentation.
Oh, my gosh. The cheese and the creamy pesto is such a great combination!
However, my friend’s pepperoni pizza, though more simple in presentation, had my mouth watering too.
If one was interested in a more adventurous choice in pizza, a shrimp and pine nuts pizza and a pancetta with eggs pizza are on the menu.
The delightful director of operations, Abbey Rolfe, told us that the restaurant serves a spectacular brunch. Of interest to me from the brunch menu would be the apple and fennel frittata – made of Granny Smith apples, fennel, and white cheddar.
When planning a visit to Raduno, note that the restaurant is open every day of the week except for Monday.