A large group of us went to an interesting restaurant that's been the "food buzz" of late in Toronto, Enoteca Sociale. It's garnered a pretty good reputation for Southern Italian cuisine and I was looking forward to celebrating our friend's birthday here.
|2006 Taurasi: dry and not fruity, can't remember much about this wine before I got too dizzy!|
We started off with some soft focaccia and olive oil and a few appetizers:
Arancini con mozzarella bufala & 'nduja
Dandelion and Chicory salad
Summer squash and fried zucchini blossom salad
Smoked sweetbread, sweet pea and arugula salad
Mussels with crostini
|Sausages and steak|
Spicy barese sausages, grass-fed striploin steak, garlic scapes, shishito peppers
Whole roasted sea bream
Because I've abstained from eating meats, my opinions about the meal are rather one-sided. But the boyfriend said that the steak was very tender and the sausages were tasty, the spices were reminiscent of Cantonese style red sausage. I thought the addition of the Shishito peppers were strange, but the flavour matches with the garlic scape, mushrooms, and fingerling potatoes. The whole sea bream was tender, and I enjoyed eating the head more than the body actually. There's a lot more crooks and nannies for the meat and flavour to hide in the head, and biting into the cheek is just too satisfying.
Next came a sampling of pastas:
Spaghetti con cacio e pepe
Rigatoni, pork, tomatoes
Gnocchi, 'nduja, stracciatella and basil
Complementary dish of Bucatini all'amatriciana - courtesy of our waiter who overheard one of our friends mention we should have ordered this to try!
|An artistic birthday gift by Vanessa Lung, for John - the triathlete who loves his bacon|