We had no idea a little taste of Italy was waiting for us in a Community Centre at Dufferin and Lawrence. We only found out about this hidden gem after my son and future daughter-in-law looked at the wedding venue in another part of the Columbus Centre. We booked dinner reservations at the restaurant to check out the quality of the food and service before booking the wedding - the same chef that's at the restaurant provides the catering for weddings held at the centre.
We started the meal with a shared antipasto platter for six and a decent bottle of pinot grigio. The platter was good, if uninspiring, and included typical fare including calimari, olives, grilled eggplants, bocconcini, and tomatos, and drizzled with good Italian olive oil and balsamic.
As my primi course I tried the risotto ai funghi. OMG! Now this is what risotto is supposed to taste like! Although it was so good and I wanted to eat it all, it was also so good that I wanted everyone else at the table to try it. Everybody loved it. This is definitely going to be one of the courses we serve at the wedding!
Other primi courses ordered were two different gnocchi dishes, one in a cream based sauce and the other in a tomato sauce. The cream sauce version was the clear winner as the tomato sauce, surprisingly, lacked seasoning.
The main courses (chicken supreme, veal, swordfish, tagliatelle, etc.) were quite good but nothing compared to the risotto. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!
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