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Story and Photography by The Takeout Artist

The "Take Out Artist" is a reccurring article written by an anonymous foodie with the love for great food, photography and of course, takeout! The "Take Out Artist's" mission is to taste test and suggest ideas for posh takeout!"

Where do you go when you want to treat yourself to a luxurious, not to mention delicious, night in? Look no further than one of downtown Paducah's fine dining staples, Cynthia's Ristorante. Its dine-in experience is one of the coziest in town, but eating this fabulous food in your house shoes is on another level. Give me a way to feel fancy, relaxed and comfortable, and I'm in!

I started off with a classic Caesar salad. I've eaten a lot of Caesar salads, and I must say I find the one from Cynthia's to be particularly satisfying, with a generous sprinkling of parmesan and freshly made croutons.

For my entrée I ordered from the menu (although it's important to note that Cynthia's specials are always extraordinary). I had the Free-Range Chicken Breast, which was perfectly cooked, slightly crisp and seasoned well. The most important element of this chicken, however, is the stuffing. Is there anything better than a combination of prosciutto, roasted red peppers, arugula and fresh, house-made mozzarella? This elevated a great chicken breast to something unique and quite frankly, mouthwatering.

The chicken breast is served over a bed of four-cheese fettuccini alfredo, and it was, of course, incredible. The pasta was clearly fresh and the sauce velvety and flavorful. The ultimate comfort food that is chicken fettuccini, made with noticeable creativity and quality!

An important note: don't be disappointed if you don't see this dish on the menu the next time you order dinner from Cynthia's -- trust me, you can't go wrong here.

One of the best characteristics of Cynthia's is its ever-changing menu. There is always something new and fantastic to try. That said, it is likely that the chicken will make an appearance again, so be on the lookout!

Chardonnay felt like a natural pairing for this rich, comforting meal. I went with Kunde Family Winery's 2014 Chardonnay from the Sonoma Valley, which is a delightful wine for the price. Neither overwhelmingly oaky nor buttery, it is crisp and light as far as Chardonnays are concerned, with a slight vanilla finish. This wine is very balanced, and the fresh, fruity acidity combined with its sturdiness complemented the creawmy alfredo quite well.

I recommend ordering dessert anywhere and everywhere. You all probably know this about me by now. We are all adults, and sometimes we have to skip dessert, but skipping it at Cynthia's would be an abomination. Do yourself a favor and always have dessert here. Some of the best sweets in Paducah come out of Cynthia's kitchen.

This time around I chose a special, the Lemon Cheesecake Torte. It seems that I have an automatic trigger for all things citrus, so I know my way around lemon desserts. This one did not disappoint. Over a rich and caramelly crumb crust was a perfectly light cheesecake, topped with a generous layer of what tasted like lemon curd. The top layer was perfect--creamy, smooth and intensely lemon-flavored. This dessert was a combination of delicious classics, so well executed I could have eaten two.

This meal was the absolute best complement to my cozy night at home. I was on a mission to treat myself, and I definitely succeeded. The next time you set out to have an indulgent night in, give Cynthia's a call!

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