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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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