Wintertime in Ottawa means Winterlude! Skating on the canal, beaver tails, hot chocolate and a bunch of culinary specials at the local restaurants.
This season, my husband and I and some friends signed up for a Burnt Butter night of delight located in Westboro! This small quaint Italian kitchen hosted a Tuscan Winter Evening which included a pasta demonstration, and four course meal with wine pairings – all for the low price of $50 plus tax and tip. Pretty fair, I’d say.
After being seated along with our 50 closest friends, we could take turns watching the chefs make pasta through the open concept window. We got there just in time to see how they form their gnocchi which was made from beets. We also got to watch them form agnolotti (close to a ravioli).
Once they were finished making the pasta, the first course was served.
Crespelle Zuppa * Italian Crepe * Prolovone * Green Onion * Brodo paired with with Murrelle, Trebbiano, 2001 (From Italy’s east coast, with high acidity, clean and crisp)
Orange Gnocchi * Duck * Bolognese * Shitake * Chiles * Crispy Shallots paired with Langhe Rosso “Anna”, Boroli, 208 (from Piedmont – North Central part of Italy, made up of 51% Barbara, 38% Nebbiolo and Merlot)
Eggplant Parmigiana * Roasted tomato & sundried tomato * Roasted Garlic paired with Viticoltori Senesi, Chianti, 2010 (From Sienna)
Fourth course: Choice of…
Tonno Con Fagioli : Grilled Tuna with White Beans *Onion * Tomato * Lemon * Basil
Pollo: Rosemary & Garlic encrusted Chicken filled with Tallegio & Rapini * Apple & Acorn Squash Purée
Paired with Rosadis Forchir, Pinot Grigio, 2011 (From North east Italy, pinkish hue)
Retail price for all wines range from $10-$15.
Definitely a place to check out! Specially for one of their monthly themed dinners.