Sunday, 15 May 2016

Modo Mio Italian Bistro

I've been on the search for a good Italian place and so I decided to buy Modo Mio Italian Bistro's Groupon - $30 for $60 worth of food for 4 people. 
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It's a cute little bistro on Avenue road (with lots of other Italian options - including Il Fornaro)
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All the tables had these adorable salt and pepper shakers! 

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Bruschetta and Grilled Calamari
The bruschetta was on toast (not garlic bread 😞). However, the bruschetta topping of tomato, onions, olive oil and basil tasted fresh. The grilled calamari was very good and I loved the pesto sauce on top as well as the arugula in the middle and the grilled peppers. Quite a hearty appetizer!

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Mussels with herbs and lemon
The white wine sauce was actually very heavy and the mussels were a little tiny (maybe not really seasonal?) and there was a little too much sauce even to soak the bread with. 

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Chicken parmigiana sandwich 
The breaded chicken and tomato sauce were both okay, but the sandwich felt like it needed something else since it felt a little one-dimensional in flavour and taste.

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Gnocchi 
I found the pasta little too mushy and the sauce had a lot of cheese flavour rather than cream.  The pasta felt a little boring and I think it needed something to kick up the sauce a bit. 

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Maverick pizza: grilled steak, arugula, onion, mushroom, cherry tomato
As you can tell, there was lots of arugula on top, but not as much steak.  The pizza had a nice thin crust, but there was no base sauce other olive oil.  Overall, it was an okay pizza, but it was a little hard to eat and divide since it wasn't pre-cut. 


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Linguine clams
The pasta was a little too buttery and salty, especially since there were salty clams in their shells as well.  The dish had lots of olive oil and a very salty white wine sauce (which may have also been made saltier by the pancetta). 

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Lasagna
This was probably the best pasta of the three we had.  I loved the 7 layers of pasta, it was delicious and so easy to eat.  The meat sauce was decent, but it lacked a little something for extra punch of flavour.

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The waitress told us that the tiramisu was a homemade recipe from the owner's mom and it was definitely pretty tasty from the first bite, but as you kept eating it felt like it was missing something.  I think I would have liked more cream/mascarpone cheese

Overall: The Groupon was good value (since everything was 50% off) and we ate a lot of food! The food was okay for the most part and everything here was pretty reasonably priced.  The service was great - the waitress was really attentive and helpful. 

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