Thursday, 13 July 2017

7 Numbers (Midtown)

July 13, 2017
I was really impressed by their lasagna last time, so I couldn't wait to try their Summerlicious menu and try their other great Italian home-cooking dishes. 
*Items in red are what I would order again
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Funghi - stuffed mushrooms with spinach, cheese and breadcrumbs
The tomato sauce was delicious! The mushrooms were pretty good too and the toast was a nice accompaniment.

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Gamberi Shrimp with arugula, red pepper herb purée
The shrimp were perfectly cooked with a nice char from the grill and the sauce was nice.

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Cacciatore
Hunter-style braised chicken with carrot, celery, onion, tomato, olives
The chicken looked a little lonely on the plate by itself with everything piled up on top. I couldn't help thinking that there should be something accompanying it.

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Lenticche con aglio
Lentil mash, roasted garlic, chilli oil
The lentils were good, but it still felt strange that they were separate from the main dish.

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Zucchini alla griglia
Grilled summer zucchini
Still not knowing what to make of this.

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Lasagne with fresh ricotta, organic baby spinach, mozzarella and Polpette - Mozzarella-stuffed veal meatballs, house-made sauce 
The vegetarian lasagna was okay, but I remembered their meat lasagna was much better.
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The meatballs were delicious! The meat was tender and juicy and I enjoyed the nice cheesy surprise in the middle.

We were still hungry after this, so we ordered an additional portion of their meat lasagna
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Lasagna - large size
I was actually kind of disappointed by this considering this was supposed to be the large portion. The lasagna was good, but it definitely wasn't really worth the price tag.

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Biscotti plate and Key lime pie
The key lime pie was pretty good, not too tart and not too sweet.
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Apple crumble cheesecake
The cheesecake felt a little flat to me. The crumbles weren't very crumbly and it felt a little one-dimensional.

Overall: The food is good, but the portions are really small for Summerlicious. I'm not sure I'd come back again for it.

November 18, 2014
7 Numbers on Eglinton is actually one of two restaurants owned by the Marinuzzi family. The website is great! It gives off the impression that you're going to eat real classic and homey Italian food with a friendly Italian family.
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Menu

My friend and I decided to go family style for $30 per person so we get to try all these different menu items with antipasti, primi and secondi (and contorni)
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Calamari with lemon on the right and beet gorgonzola almond salad, caprese salad and arugula and pepper goat cheese salad
The calamari portion was really more than I expected and it had a nice simple and clean flavour with the lemon and sauce.  I liked everything on the salad plate - very distinct and strong flavours from the two salads: the gorgonzola cheese and beets with balsamic was done quite well and the peppery arugula and goat cheese was nice too.

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First pasta course: veal lasagna, farfalle with ricotta and linguine with rapini
The lasagna is one of the dishes they're known for and it was probably one of the best lasagnas I've had. I didn't know fresh pasta could make such a difference until I tasted this - I was really wowed by it - each bite just seemed to melt-in-your-mouth! The veal was the perfect meat to add into this lasagna too because it complemented the soft pasta and the lightly tangy sauce just brought it all together. So good!!! I definitely have to come back for more.
The farfalle and linguine were both cooked to a perfect al dente and were good, but I think the lasagna just eclipsed everything else on the plate.

More food! Onto the meats like the carnivores we are...
Grilled Pork Chop and Osso Buco
Top: Osso Buco, asparagus and salad and Maile (grilled pork chop)
The osso bucco was tender and covered with a onion and tomato sauce which suited it. The pork chop was a LOT of meat - especially after those other courses we had. It was seasoned and grilled perfectly with roasted red peppers on top. Everything was really well done!

Overall: Fantastic place for simple and classic Italian food (no fancy fiddleheads or stinging nettle here). It's almost rustic in its simplicity and it seems like one of those great Italian restaurants using recipes passed down through generations. The service was great and the food was even better - the best part was I didn't have to break the bank eating everything I wanted off the menu! :D

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