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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 latte...so 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~!
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Edmonton, AB T5N 1S7