This edition of Winterlicious brought us to Pulcinella Ristorante in South Etobicoke. Pulcinella specializes in regional Italian dishes, serving seafood, game meats, risotto, pasta and pizza for lunch or dinner.
The menu was expansive!
CHEF’S SOUP OF THE DAY
mixed greens with cherry tomatoes, red onion, olives & lemon vinaigrette
aaa strip-loin, shaved parmigiano, cracked black pepper
boneless filet with farro, cherry tomatoes, capers & black olives
NEW YORK STRIP
aaa, truffled compound butter, chive mash potato, market veg
slow braised ragu of boar, basil, fresh rigatoni, shaved caciocavello cheese
fisherman’s stew of shrimp, bay scallop, calamari, fish filet, tomato broth & sarde fregola pastina
BANANA BREAD PUDDING
served warm with caramel sauce
whipped mascarpone, kahlua, espresso and lady fingers
CHOCOLATE GANACHE CAKE
deep, rich and decadent
First the wine, a delicious Pinot Noir
Appetizer – Beef Carpaccio. Thinly shaved beef, lightly peppered and salted, with slivers of parmigiana and spicy arugula.
Main course – Cioppino
For dessert – Chocolate Ganache Cake
From the first sip of wine to the last bite of cake, this was a lovely meal. The beef carpaccio was classically made pairing the thinly sliced raw beef with parm and arugula. I was in love with the cioppino. An endless bowl of seafood – mussels, calamari, shrimp, scallops and fish in a fragrant and tasty tomato broth. Little bits of pastina with every bite. So good, it had to be shared. A sweet ending with the chocolate ganache cake. Now, I expected something a little different. I was expecting a chocolate cake with a ganache icing. Instead, the cake was more of a mousse cake. Very rich and decadent.
The restaurant itself was lively and full. When we arrived, they had live music for the first little while and then the sounds of laughing and conversation took over. People feasted on pizza and salumi boards. It all looked so good. The servers were friendly and attentive, ours full of jokes.
If you ever find yourself in South Etobicoke, checkout this fine Italian establishment. You won’t be let down.