Sunday, June 20, 2010

Violino and others (Edmonton)

So I'm trying this new layout just to shake things up! hehe...hope its easy on the eyes.

Yesterday (Friday) me and Raeanna went to Violino, a place I found via Only Here for the Food post found here. This Italian restaurant seem fancy and prices reasonable so I headed there. After making Raeanna wait an hour there in the restaurant I finally made it in one piece at the restaurant.

We ordered a shared appetizer, soup, and an entree. Needless to say we were 3/4 full when our entree came out...portions were generous and tasty. Here is some proof: (BTW sorry for the poor quality of these pics, its really doesn't give the food I ate any justice and its because I have to rely on my phone camera for the pics!)

Our Sangria ($7.95)
Should have ordered the Mojito instead of the Sangria..why am I always swayyed when sangria comes into the picture! Anyway I didn't enjoyed this drink as much as Raeanna because I wished it had more citrus fruits in it and it was as sweet for ME as it could be, though Raeanna said it was a bit watered down but she still liked it.

Zuppa Campagnola ($8.0)
Butternut squash soup finished with maple crème friache

OMG! It was so cool they drew a violin with the crème friache like what you would do with a cool! I forgot what they words were Raeanna describe the soup but she loved it, rich, tasty, and just the way she likes it. I thought perhaps it was a bit sweet for my taste but it was more a of a "full" soup and I like that. But from what Raeanna says she has a better palette than I do, SO what do I KNOW about food?~~ ha.

Zuppa di Cozze zafferano e Prosecco ($12.0)
Steamed east coast mussels in a saffron seafood fume

I knew I would this soup when I read the words "mussels" haha. IT was very cool, good mussels and A LOT too. I was pleasantly suprised. One little thing was the soup was getting a bit salty as I keep drinking it and even though I can handle my salt I do have a limit when it comes to soup, too much can just ruin the whole thing. But it was all good and I was happy!

Classico Caprese ($11)
Marinated bocconcini cheese, vine ripened tomatoes, pickled red onions, virgin olive oil, Balsamic

When this came out, I thought they had our order wrong again because it was not the Caprese I imagine. But yes this was our order! It looked more like a dessert than an appetizer and that was soo cool! It was very pretty and those flower petals are edible although there is not much taste just what a flower petal would taste like..leafy? Anyways, it was good and layered cheese (and soft very good mozzerella/bocconcini cheese texture) tomato, basil leaf, and again. I could have use some more salt to bring out the taste in the light tomatoes but love this dish! I would so get it again to get some better shots to give it the props it deserves.

Ravioli alla Siciliana ($17)
Pear and pecorino cheese stuffed ravioli, in a curried white wine cream reduction, with a port drizzle

Our server recommended this dish to Raeanna, but in the end, she didn't love love it because it was a bit sweet however I didn't mind it too much. It was mostly the curried white wine cream with a flavor of pear that was the sweet part. The ravioli itselt was normal though I didn't like the cheese texture inside; too mushy and airy? to me. But Raeanna said that's normal or what it supposed to be like.

Ziti Al Forno ($16)
Chicken, sun-dried tomato cream sauce, and mushrooms,
Baked with parmesan and bocconcini cheese

I could barely dig into this dish because I was getting so full from our previous dishes. The portion was huge and I could just have a few bites. It was ok, just normal for me, nothing too great. Now, that sounds bad, it was good but again a little bit salty and average sauce but good chicken! LOL.


At home, Mommy made dai ruo mein because I told her to try Noodle Maker and she did and ate their version and said she could do that herself at home and so she did!

Egg (that I sliced in half =) for appeal), pork slices, green onions, sea cucumber, mushrooms and lots of chinese herbs..=)
It was very tasty and I could eat all the meat I want! Till mommy took the meat plate away =( haha. YAY! another dish for dinner now~!

10133 125 Street Northwest
Edmonton, AB T5N 1S7
(780) 757-8701

1 comment:

  1. Violino looks magnifico - maybe the main would have tasted better if you weren't so full.