Anybody heard about Borgo Trattoria yet?
Very, very interesting:
I can't wait! Sounds like heaven!
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I had a chance to try this trattoria on thursday night for a relatively casual dinner with my girlfriend before I had to endure 2.5 hours of the Cirque but that's another story haha.......
Started out with a prosecco cocktail that involved aperol and gassosa....a nice start.
We then ordered a few Items from the tasting menu where you can essentially order as many of an item as you want. Since they were out of the italian chicken wings we ordered:
A couple of polpetta (pork and fennel meatball): Good flavour and a zesty sauce, a little on the tough side.
A couple of Arancino: Again pretty good, served with the same sauce as the polpetta. If I were making rissotto specifically for Arancino balls, I'd cook the rice slightly less the first time through to prevent it from becoming really mushy and gummy after the second fry.
Sliced mushrooms in a creamy tuffle sauce: Typically I'm against the liberal dousing of a dish with truffle oil (real truffles another story entirely) but this little plate was delicious. We ordered some extra grilled focaccia to make sure not a drop was wasted.
For our main course I had a glass of Chianti which was perfectly decent and we shared an ensalada mixta, the papardelle with lamb and mint ragu, and one tiny piece of veal saltimboca.
The salad was a very nice (and small) mixture of micro greens that essentially comes undressed and with a little cart of oil/vinegar/salt/pepper. I kind of like this approach but not sure about the cost of this one considering what you get.
The Lamb papardelle was good and it came with a relatively healthy portion of tenter lamb chunks, however, I don't think the mint in the ragu did anything for the dish as a whole and it lacked a real depth and richness that an amazing slow cooked ragu should have. Not complaining at all.......just wasn't something to rave about.
The saltimbocca was great albeit VERY small which was fine because we were getting pretty full at this point.
We finished the meal with a little scoop of pistachio gellato and we were on our way out for a grand total of $80 plus tip.
I'll mention that I quite liked the new space. They've really put a lot of effort into creating a place that feels new with quite a few rustic Italian touches. There's an open kitchen in the back, huge bar in the middle and 2 story floor to ceiling windows in the front. Our server was great and she could actually speak italian which is good because there are plenty of menu items which will be confusing to those not well versed in this style of cuisine.
Although I wasn't blown away by the food I certainly enjoyed it and I'll be coming back for sure. There was good service, relatively reasonable prices, a really cool space and a ton of other items on the menu that I'd like to try. I don't think they accept reservations so get down there when you have the chance! I'd be interested to know what some of you guys think?
I finally got to try Borgo and I really liked it. The food is good and the place is very nice. It is very Italian I find and it almost felt like a short trip to Italy. My colleagues found the concept of small bites to share a bit weird and the portions small. Coming from Europe I must say it is quite typical to have smaller portions, especially for lunch. Also the desserts were less sweet than what you usually get here but again not surprising in true Italian cuisine.
We had the risotto balls, pork & fennel balls, calamari, focaccia with oil, beef skewers, cheese platter and the fennel salad, as well as clam linguini, some other pasta dish with porchetta and peas and for dessert pistacchio and vanilla ice cream and canoli plus a few illy coffees. I thought the food was excellent and the service great. A little pricier but totally worth it.
I will definitely be back and not only once. A heavenly piece of Italy in the middle of Calgary.... Just what I was looking for.
818 16 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0S9, CA