Piazza Seafood Presents: Rossini Cucina Italiana, Ridgeland, MS
Located on the Natchez Trace, and known for serious cycling, there is a hidden gem in Madison County. Ridgeland is just north of Mississippi’s capital, Jackson, and boasts modern architecture amongst some great spots to get a bite. One of these spots is serving up seafood dishes and Italian classics that are sure to have you coming back.
Gulf Coast Upbringing
Chef Tony Spreafico and his wife Lori run Rossini Cucina Italiana in Olde Town Ridegland. The Spreafico’s have a casual restaurant with a fine dining flare that even features private booths.
Growing up in South Louisiana where his father ran a pizza joint, Tony Spreafico, Chef and Owner at Rossini, always had an inkling that he would be in the restaurant business. After a career with the Navy, he finally decided to dive in.
“The timing was just right and everything fell into place,” says Spreafico.
Lori’s father had just bought a restaurant, and now almost two decades later, Spreafico is at the helm of this Italian based eatery with a Cajun-flare. With an intimate atmosphere and the friendliness of a family-run establishment, Rossini has been a local favorite for quite some time. In 2016, Rossini’s was a finalist for ‘Best Italian’ in the Jackson Free Press’ Best Of list.
If the name wasn’t a giveaway, Spreafico is of Italian heritage (specifically Lake Como, Italy) so he pays homage to those roots in his dishes. He also incorporates his southern heritage. Marrying the two in dishes has been a unique twist on the traditional Italian cuisine. To start your meal, Spreafico’s Bruschetta is served. Salads come with homemade dressings and fan favorites include the fresh fish of the day, seafood pasta, and seafood lasagna. The seafood pasta features shrimp, scallops, clams, and mussels in a rich, Alfredo sauce. The seafood lasagna has a similar seafood medley substituting crawfish for the mussels and clams, giving it that southern flare. Keeping tradition, it is layered between noodles in a tomato cream sauce, and topped with cheese. As most diners notice, seafood is definitely center stage in this decadent, family fare.
“[Having your] own brand is nice and helpful,” remarks Spreafico when asked what sets Piazza Seafood apart from other seafood wholesalers.
Rossini’s proudly serves the Papa Piazza brand, a long-time, trademark of Piazza Seafood that helps Piazza ensure the quality of its products.
“Service is good and quality is very good,” adds Spreafico.
The love that Spreafico and his wife share for the restaurant business and cooking shows in their
willingness to seek out quality and bring the best experience to their diners.
“I pretty much cook anything,” says Spreafico excitedly.
“It’s just what I do.”
Want to know more? Visit us at PiazzaSeafood.com to find out how you can get seafood delivered to you and visit Rossini Cucina Italiana for a taste of Italy in the heart of Mississippi.
Big thanks to Chef Tony for sharing his restaurant with us.
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