Today’s post will cover Italian food we ate on our food tour while his parents were away
This restaurant is hidden back in a delightful little cove also known as Wessex Estate (pretentious much?) – at Westbourne Ave! I never knew we had a Westbourne Ave here.
The food is really quite good (compared to Laurent Bernard, which occupies the other half of the same complex) on Portsdown Road.
Pizza alla Diavola – one of my favorite pizzas. I think liangze’s favorite is Pizza Margherita with prosciutto, or Pizza ai funghi. Mine is the Devil’s Pizza – with spicy salami/pepperoni and mozzarella and onions. I had this all the time in Budapest, only there they served their spicy pepperoni with cheese, onions and peppers, which was even better (and a steal at 1890Ft~$10)
Pietrasanta also carries this homemade squid ink ravioli filled with prawn meat in a very light lemon and tomato cream sauce. Amazing. I want to try the rest of their pastas but it’s really the kind of place you can only get to with a car.
We had their gratinated pasta – this was bad. Go for the freshly prepared pastas Vapiano style, or the paella or something. In general I find Marche’s food undersalted and the cream did not coat each fusillo
[aside: here’s a cute New Yorker cartoon for you all:
Some not great photos – I usually take 3-4 shots per dish and hope one of them will be clear. But in uploading them onto facebook I only see the thumbnails instead of enlarging each photo to see how clear it is, which results in photos like this:
Which is really blurry on fb. Anyway this was their zuppa amalfitana, a tomato based seafood soup which was really good, much better than my minestrone and with more flavours.
A scaloppine di vitello with marsala sauce – the waiter had the cheek to ask us “do you know what marsala is?” good grief. It was a thoughtful gesture on his part i guess, he said some customers have ordered that not knowing (probably thought it was the Indian masala) and were disappointed. For real.
The best part of this meal was the panna cotta all’amaretto:
Very strong amaretto flavour in the caramel. Liangze loved it. I can’t quite abide by dry panna cottas – which almost everywhere here carries. A panna cotta is not a panna cotta without the caramel! Btw you can buy a carton of panna cotta cream, heat it in a sauce pan, pour it into cups to set, all instant-ramen-like, Elle&Vie brand at Toque, the culinary store opposite ToTT.
Expiring prosciutto with precious little burrata – the Saturday lunch special. Yuck. This pizza had too much prosciutto (which tasted of the brining solution it was cured in) and too little burrata.
Don’t darken their doors!!