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As many of you know, I began as a print reporter down south with "The Los Angeles Sentinel", a black weekly in South Central and started my professional career here with "The Bakersfield Californian". So I could not have been happier when "The Suits" here hit me up about writing a blog.

My goal: to write twice maybe three times a week delving deeper into issues talked about on the show or reaching out to subjects that, for whatever reason, we didn't tackle on the broadcast. In the meantime, if you have topic ideas or want to comment on past blogs feel free to contact me at the website or via e mail at ralphbailey@kernradio.com.


by Ralph Bailey posted Oct 23 2013 2:58PM

You may think you know all there is to know about Uricchio’s Italian Restaurant,  located on the corner of 17th and K Streets,  but did you know they're the newest sponsor on "The Ralph Bailey Show!!!!!

And were you aware the restaurant is back open on Mondays!!!!
Along with serving lunch and dinner six days a week, they’ve also added a Happy Hour!!! Everyone knows every hour in Uricchio’s is a happy one but now from 4-6 Monday through Friday they’re serving  drink and appetizer specials. (Check Facebook for weekly specials.)

But let's jump in the way, way back machine for a moment. It's the summer of 1995 and I'm a staff writer for The Bakersfield Californian when I hear a rumor that an LA cat has opened a killer Italian Restaurant.

My friends call me crazy but, I'm sorry, I had a bad experience at a local East Bakersfield Italian restaurant, which will remain nameless (I don't sabotage local folks.) so the idea of great Italian food harkened back great meals at LA eateries like "Mario's" in Westwood or even "Barone's" in the Sherman Oaks and their rectangular shaped Shrimp Pizza.

So, I wondered into Uricchio’s Trattoria a skosh skeptical.

But I was sucked in by a dapper, old school gentleman, who would later become the face of the family-owned and operated business, and who cordially greeted me and made me feel like a paizon and part of the Uricchio’s family.

However, with his retirement, the days of Papa Nick sitting at the end of the bar have now been replaced by his amazing daughter, Clair; a nightly presence who loves to work the room welcoming her guest and his grandson Brian and believe me the torch has been effectively and passionately passed.

However, the familial atmosphere can quickly morph into a romantic escape for those celebrating years of togetherness or can often be the scene of the fidgety fiancée, frantically fighting back nerves as a small box with a ring and his future in it rest in his pocket.

But that's the beauty of Uricchio’s Italian Restaurant. It can become whatever you want it to be: great lunch spot for the downtown employees; a romantic “date night” for couples in love or a family gathering spot where brothers, sisters, in laws and cousins converge to break bread, affectionately hug necks and slap backs.

But the food is only part of the experience. The family, waiters/waitresses and bartenders, Kenny and Derek, truly make you feel like you're at home and my namesake, Ralphie the cook, is simply the best in town.

 Uricchio’s remains one of the few multifaceted restaurants in town. Of course, it's an Italian restaurant serving great pasta, chicken piccata, Cannelloni to die for and arguably the best ravioli in town. But don't forget about the amazing seafood and steak fare, as well.  Seafood dishes include, Sand Dabs, Swordfish and Halibut and Chilean Sea Bass, (Only served when in season) and a penne pasta swimming in a sea of scallops and shrimp.

Yet, my personal favorite is the Chicken Florentine, chicken stuffed with spinach with a side of Fettuccini with an Alfredo sauce that I would drink out of a glass!!! (But Dr. Kothary would have a fit!!!).

So happy to finally have URRICHIOS ITALIAN RESTAURANT, sponsoring "The Ralph Bailey Show" on Newstalk 11-80 KERN!!!!! Tomorrow, I'll tell you about the ladies at Blue River Cabinetry and hit me with an e-mail at ralphbailey@kernradio.com if you have any questions or comments. In the meantime, I'll see you on the radio!!!!

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