Sunday, June 14, 2009

Osteria Ciceri e Tria

Visited Osteria with a few friends on Friday night. The atmosphere there was good and the menu was quite different from Terroni which is by the same peeps. You can select from:
- five antipasti,
- five antipasti and a primi,
- five antipasti and a secondi, or
- five antipasti, a primi, and a secondi.

The antipasti we had were:
- Prosciutto e melone - fresh cantaloupe and prosciutto di parma
- Insatalina di farro e orzo - barley, seafood and veggie salad
- Pettole di baccala - deboned salted co fritters
- Parmigiana di melanzane - fried eggplant with scamorza, parmigiano, tomato sauce
- Calzone - baked calzone with spinach, sausage and mozzarella

The was also a seafood antipasti which a few of us had with a $5 upgrade. I couldn't see the menu so I don't have the exact names down.

Nick chose the wine as usual and it was a bottle of Mamete Prevostini 2005 Sassella Valtellina Superiore. Don't count on finding it at LCBO because Osteria/Terroni only bring in wines that no one else can get their hand on in Toronto. It was a good bottle... "The wine has a purple red color with a blueberry and blackberry bouquet. It is strong and definite, yet it has a smooth taste with a refreshing licorice and almond finale". The waitress told us this wine is a friend of the Amarone, but are they BFFs?

I had cavatelli with fresh mussels, clams, and garlic and others had beef carpaccio, sea bass ravioli with sea urchin sauce, and rigatoni. I liked my main but found the antipasti a little bland. Our friend who had the ravioli was disappointed because it was way too salty. Overall, not sure if we would go back as we did not feel the wow factor. We concluded that we prefer the original Terroni more than Osteria.

Osteria Ciceri E Tria

Mamete Prevostini 2005 Sassella Valtellina Superiore







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