When Al Paglia retired from the wholesale beer and wine business, he had no intention of becoming a restaurant owner. Unexpectedly, an opportunity arose, and Al, a native of Massachusetts, decided to start a small business, the Cape Haze Pizzeria and Deli. One thing led to another, and within a few years, he leased property in Englewood on S. McCall Road, opened Ricaldee’s Bistro, and acquired a business partner, longtime Englewood resident, Laura Ray. Laura, too, never intended to co-own a business, but she soon discovered that running a business of her own was not only rewarding but lots of fun. “I’ve lived in Englewood for over 30 years, and I brought up my two sons here,” she explained. “I feel very blessed to be part of the community and own a restaurant where people feel like family. As owners, Al and I are proud to contribute to local food banks and provide fundraisers whenever needed.”
When the lease ran out on their McCall Road, property, Al Paglia and Laura Ray took a giant step and purchased a building on Kentucky Avenue, just off Placida Road, in Englewood. They renamed their new restaurant Ricaltini’s Bar and Grille. The building had served as several different restaurants over the years. The new owners completely remodeled both the outdoor and inside dining rooms. “We designed a huge patio area,” Al said. We call it the Patio Lounge where we offer a full menu, a full bar, and take-out service from 11 a.m. (noon on Sunday) until closing. I like to think we have a ‘Cheers’ mentality.” The inside “Rat Pack Lounge” has been tastefully decorated with huge photos of Rat Pack figures Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and Dean Martin. Other prominent movie stars are featured as well, and a magnificent fireplace and bar serve as focal points. Stucco walls and rich wood wainscoting give the place a comfortable feeling. “Families and singles enjoy coming here because we offer a wide range of menu selections at affordable prices,” Al added.
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