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Feb 28, 2011 11:10 AM

Enoteca Sociale and half-price enomatic wines

So the important part of my message here is that they have the wines on their Enomatic at 1/2 price on Mondays and Tuesdays. As soon as I digested that bit of news (which was about 2 seconds after I read their tweet a few weeks ago), I knew I had to visit immediately and run through their enomatic list. This was a no-brainer, having already placed Enoteca Sociale on my re-visit list. Strong dishes and excellently-priced wines – how can you say no?

I enjoyed the appetizer of Buffalo mozzarella with anchovies and summer tomato quite a bit. But it was the tomato that stole the show. I know that despite how cold I feel now, summer will come around eventually. The tomato, however, made me pine for those hot days with its sweet and intense flavour.

The Bucatini All’Amatriciana is pretty good here and they use the bucatini pasta that I love. And loads of garlic. Good stuff. I thought it perfectly paired with the Monferatto Rosso “Pin.”

Recently, I’ve been on a quest to banish a most terrible memory of scrambled-eggs-with-pasta (not Volo's strongest dish, apparently) and the spaghetti carbonara at Enoteca Sociale most certainly helped. Pancetta, egg, black pepper, and pecorino, in a lovely – and just-creamy – sauce. But it was the large and chewy pancetta nuggets that gave this dish its spark.

The Braised Oxtail and Polenta was very filling. While I didn’t love the polenta (not my thing), it did go well with the deliciously thick and rich gravy on the plate. Great winter food.

And we come to my favourite dish so far: the mixed grill. A fantastic and hefty plate of meats: house-made sausage, pork shoulder, grilled short ribs, lamb chop, and skirt steak. All the meats were excellent, but my personal favourite was the pork shoulder. It came sided with these perfect potato wedges, rhubarb chutney, bomba, and a gremolata. You can see the order of roasted root vegetables hanging out in the back. This whole dish was just so, so, so, good. Had the Sagrantino Di Montefalco 2005 with this.

Ricotta Tiramisu. Light and lovely with a cappuccino. A very pleasant end to the evening.

In then end, we managed to sample the entire list. A lot of fun and good dishes.

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Enoteca Sociale
1288 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

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  1. Great report jlunar.

    Do you happen to remember the producer for the 05 Sagrantino di Montefalco? Don't see those too often by the glass, tannic little buggers that they are!

    5 Replies
    1. re: Splendid Wine Snob

      I shot the menu.. but I warn you, it's blurry:

      ...I can't even blame the alcohol. That was one of the first shots I took that night!

      anyway, looks like all I can pull is: DOCG, Signae, Umbria

        1. re: looosia

          Waaaay better than my lousy shot. Though I think they change that menu often enough. The bottles, probably less often.

          1. re: jlunar

            I was there last Friday night and this menu that's online is exactly the same as they had it at the restaurant.

            This is not on their aromatic wine list, but the Colterenzio Pinot Nero was a really nice pinot noir.

            1. re: looosia

              I went three weeks ago and both the food and wine menu have since changed. Not completely, but partially. A visit seven weeks ago has had slight menu tweaks as well.

              So, anecdotally, a slight change every 3-4 weeks, it seems.

    2. Mmmm! I want to go there!

      2373 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P2C8, CA