Since Le Piemontais shut down earlier this year, my wife and I have been looking for another good and relatively inexpensive Italian restaurant in Montreal. (There are lots of mediocre ones). Based on reviews on Tripadvisor we decided to try La Cantina. Being a Sunday, it took us no more than 15 minutes to drive there from Westmount. We parked in one of the slots reserved for clients, in the lot situated alongside the restaurant.
La Cantina has a pleasant ambiance. I was on the point of ordering some antipasto as a starter when the waiter arrived with a couple of plates of complimentary starters, which we enjoyed while sipping our relatively inexpensive Chianti Reserva San Felice ($50/bottle). For mains, my sister ordered Lasagna Pasticciata ($16), which she thoroughly enjoyed but was unable to finish as the portion was very large. Both my wife and I ordered Scaloppine Marsala ($28 each). The veal was tender and moist, the portions generous and the sauce was good. The accompanying vegetables (courgettes, spinach, asparagus, potatoes and red pimiento) were well prepared but, unfortunately, for some reason on my plate they had been doused with, and were practically swimming in, olive oil. When the waiter came to clear the plates and enquired as to how we had enjoyed the food, I told him that everything had been excellent except that my serving of vegetables had been spoiled by dousing of oil. He apologised and said that he would speak to the chef. Before we could order any desserts, he returned with three plates of cherry cake "with the compliments of the chef", by way of apology. Nice touch.
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