Ciao down on crawfish

by Mary Tutwiler

Satisfy your crawfish craving Italian-style.

Can't get enough crawfish now that the season, albeit slowly, has begun? While boiled crawfish are still tee-tiny and tres cher, Charley G's has come up with a crawfish dish that is delish and a great deal. Home made tender ravioli stuffed with four cheeses, ricotta, mozzarella, provolone and parmesan are topped with a calvados-laced cream sauce binding together slices of shiitake mushrooms and our local crawdad tails. While it's listed on the appetizer menu, it's a big rich dish, and accompanied by one of Charley G's hearty salads would make a great meal and fall into the moderation category, my new mantra since the excess of Mardi Gras. Another treat, this time on the wine-by-the-glass list, is the King's Estate Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir is a wonderful food wine, much lighter than the big cabs and zins, it won't fill you up too much to enjoy your dinner. The King's Estate is full of bright red fruit notes, especially fresh cherry, with just enough of an earthy undercurrent to give it some gravitas. Crawfish ravioli will set you back $12, call 981-0108 or go to the Web site.