Paprika's menu is thoughtfully split into salads, starters, pasta and grains, and entrées, with enough choices in each group but nothing to overwhelm the indecisive eater. The clear standout is the lamb meatballs in a thick tomato based sauce served with green lentils and butter-like red bliss potatoes. The meat is tender and the delicate meatballs are perfectly cooked.
And as for the unexpected—first the arancini balls with asparagus; small and satisfying with a subtle cheesy taste due to the smoothness of the mascarpone risotto. Then there is the creamy lobster maccheroni and cheese, which you secretly pray doesn’t ever run out on your plate because the softness and texture of the lobster gives the well-known mac & cheese a completely different dimension.
Although the service could do with a hit of Red Bull, they are friendly and the wine is tasty enough for it not to leave a negative impression. On Monday nights, they have a half price bottle of wine deal, which will leave a great aftertaste for the rest of the week. They also have generous daily pre fixes: brunch for $13.50 and dinner, appetizer and main, for $18.
The ingredients are fresh, the wine list extensive with plenty of Italian grape varietals to sample. As for the interior, it is simple and the rustic Italian soul is felt throughout.