The "taste of Italy...without the passport" was Ragazzi's slogan for many years.
The Toliver House in Gordonsville takes down its sign...
The local and not-so-local restaurant scene suffered a couple of casualties recently. A fixture in the Shopper's World Shopping Center along Route 29, Ragazzi's Italian Restaurant, closed its doors last week after more than a decade. Unfortunately, no one is answering the phones over there, so we're not sure why. Or if they simply plan to move to a new location.
However, Dish is pretty sure a Jason's Deli will be taking over the Shopper's World space. Although a company spokesperson did not confirm that the chain, based in Beaumont, Texas, had secured the location, he didn't say they weren't coming, either. The deli-style restaurant has made a name for itself by offering healthy food that's free of transfats, MSG and high-fructose corn syrup. Stay tuned.
Over in Gordonsville, the Toliver House, known for its commitment to locally sourced food, has also called it quits. Owner Donna Shaner says there was simply a lack of business.
"The tourist market wasn't strong this year," says Shaner, "and local support has been a bit lacking."