Sunday, 18 May 2014

Il Fornaro's 25th Anniversary Dinner

I really like going to Il Fornaro for classic, consistently delicious and reasonably priced Italian food. 
So when I saw the promotional email celebrating their 25th Anniversary with a 4 course dinner for two for $39 (regularly $79), I knew I couldn't pass up this deal! The promotion ran from May 15th to June 15th and came with three shared plates.

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Flatbread and roasted eggplant humus to start! Yum!
Shared Caesar Salad
The salad was evenly tossed and made with their homemade Caesar dressing. 
Pretty big sharing portion (which I love about Il Fornaro!)

Left to Right: Shared Rose pasta and Shared Marinara Pasta
I love Rose pasta - it's so creamy, sweet and delicious! On the other hand, the marinara was tangy and piquant from the tomatoes. The pasta was perfectly al dente and topped with a ton of parmesan cheese! Delicious!

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 Atlantic Salmon
The fish was really flavourful (and according to my Grandma, it was done much better than Paisano's salmon). The capers were a nice touch to add a sharp and salty taste to the sweet grilled Salmon. The vegetables were nicely seasoned and cooked. 

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 Chicken Supreme
The chicken was stuffed with mushrooms, pine nuts, apricot and goat cheese giving it an earthy taste. If you're not a fan of the goat cheese, it'll probably be overwhelming. However, I liked the stuffed chicken, it was juicy with a nice crisp to the outer skin and the filling was pretty good.

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Veal Osso Buco
 I definitely remember the osso buco being much bigger with lots of meat, but the center cut veal was tender and tasty. The sauce was delicious too! 

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Chicken Parmigiana
 This was a huge portion of Chicken Parmigiana. They definitely didn't skimp on this - it was a large breaded chicken breast topped with baked cheeses and fresh marinara sauce. 

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Cheesecake and Tiramisu
The blueberry compote was nice and the cheesecake was rich, but the crust was a little too hard to be fully enjoyable. The tiramisu was heavily flavoured with liquor and the layers were a little too soft and mushy. 

Overall: Great meal for a fantastic price at Il Fornaro! Still one of my favourite Italian restaurants in Toronto. :D

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