We shared an appetizer of tiny clams casino (an old fashioned recipe if there ever was one—but tasty!), then had soup and salad (nothing earth shaking there). My entree was gnocchi stuffed with crabmeat in a heavy white sauce. I really didn’t get how gnocchi could be stuffed, since they’re usually pretty small, but Renato’s does a giant gnocchi...more like an oversized ravioli out of gnocchi dough. Very rich. My husband had veal with green onions and mushrooms in a creamy tomato sauce...that’s more like it. In fact, you can’t really go wrong ordering any of the veal dishes here, all with super thin and tender meat. For dessert, his cannoli was a disappointment, but my white chocolate raspberry cheesecake with raspberry puree made up for it (yes, it was as good as it sounds).
To be honest, I suspect that what we like about this place has less to do with the food and more to do with our memories of all the romantic evenings spent here, starting back in our newlywed days, when the fancy restaurants in town were few, and our nights out in them rare. Still, I recommend that the next time you plan to go to Carrabba's (one of the better chain restaurants around, I have to admit), or the Olive Garden (perish the thought), consider a trip down William Street instead.