Bertoldi’s Trattoria: How I Learned That I Like Anchovies.

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For Christmas, Eric and I got a lot of restaurant gift cards. Apparently, people have caught on to the fact that I’m a foodie? (and slowly transforming Eric into one). Of course, this means that date nights over the next little while are going to be spectacular Wink

For our first post-Christmas date night, Eric and I opted to go to Bertoldi’s Trattoria in downtown London (Ontario). We had both been there before years ago and were impressed then, so we were excited to see how well it lived up to our memories.

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We arrived to a packed restaurant, but the hostess invited us to have a seat at the bar while we waited for an open table. We were told it would be about 20 minutes, but as soon as we sat down and ordered our drinks, we were informed our table was ready. I love it when that happens!

Although it feels weird to go to an Italian restaurant and not order wine, the fact that this was 4 days after New Years Eve made me cringe a little at the thought of Pinot Grigio. So, I went with a Bellini.

Bellini Yes, I love super sweet frozen drinks. And I’m ok with that – this was great. Eric ordered a beer and was overall impressed with the selection that they had available. I did glance at their wine menu and they had a nice array ordered from lighter to more robust, which is helpful, for sure.

It’s not an Italian restaurant without bread – Eric and I managed to kill the breadbasket. And it has fueled an obsession – Eric has been eating bread with olive oil and balsamic all week. 

Bread To start, we ordered P.E.I Mussels Italian style – mussels with spicy sausage and chilis simmered in a white wine broth, served with a grilled crostini.

Mussels So how’s that for a portion size? This was a MASSIVE pile of mussels. They definitely didn’t go to waste though – Eric and I both love mussels, so we managed to work our way through that plate. The chilis and spicy sausage added a little hint of spice without being overwhelming; Eric doesn’t like spicy foods and he loved these.

It’s no surprise that I was pretty full at this point, but we still had entrees coming!

I wanted to keep the seafood theme going, so I ordered grilled salmon. The dish normally comes with angel hair pasta on the side, but I opted to swap that for gnocchi with Gorgonzola cream sauce. It was definitely the right decision – I adore gnocchi. I’ve only made my own once – I need to get on that more often.

The dish also came with lemon bagna couda (a mixture of garlic, anchovies, olive oil and walnuts) sprinkled on top. I was a little iffy on that one, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it. Apparently, I’m cool with anchovies?

Salmon and Gnocchi Eric was feeling pizza, so he ordered the Constantino – tomato sauce, proscuitto cotto, marinated olives and mozzarella. I stole a bite, and I have to say; for someone who really doesn’t like green olives, they’re not bad when you marinate them!

Pizza We both made it approximately halfway through our entrees before practically needing to be rolled out of the restaurant. But Eric’s brother and sister in law (who gave us the gift card) told us how amazing the creme brulee is there…so I guess we’re just going to have to go back another time. Wink

It was definitely the nicest date night we’ve had in a while – our server was attentive and pleasant, the atmosphere was gorgeous, and we were both really happy with our orders. We actually followed dinner with a trip to a bar downtown to see one of Eric’s friends’ band play, so it definitely made for a well rounded evening (although I suppose going from nice Italian dinner –> metal concert is a little odd…). We thoroughly enjoyed it!

Have a great Thursday!

<— Are you a fan of gnocchi?

<— Favourite Italian dish?

<— Anchovies: yay or nay?

<— Do you like fruity frozen drinks? When I was in Mexico, I pretty much lived off of pina coladas. 

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  1. I just made bagna cauda out of the nom nom paleo book. It was alright!
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    • I liked it, but probably not enough to recreate it. Although I am going to make plantain pancakes for breakfast tomorrow morning! ;-)

    • Would imagine I’d like fruity frozen drinks given my track record of the ones I’ve liked. The sweeter the better. But hands down the bread basket is where you’ll find me nose deep in bread. I usually polish off 1-2 baskets on my own, more if it’s warm and homemade haha no wonder why inever have room for my meal!
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  2. I’m a huge fan of the bread basket! Can that be my fav Italian dish?
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  3. that place looks fancy! I have never had anchovies, I think I am more scared of them haha
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  4. I don’t know what to comment on first because everything looks SO good. I love gnocchi and I’m okay with anchovies under certain circumstances…your food = good circumstances. ;)

  5. Oh, that makes me miss our honeymoon! SO many quaint restaurants like that throughout Italy. Mussels get me every time and those look phenomenal. Great idea for gifts-I need to talk my family into that!
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  6. I LOVE gnocchi! But these days, Joe has to make it haha, or it doesn’t taste right to me. His is my favorite by far :) I don’t know if I have a favorite Italian dish…I love it all depending on my mood. I am not a fan of anchovies unless they’ve essentially been melted into a red sauce for saltiness, so I don’t know that they’re there. And margs are my fav….so frozen fruity drinks are the best ;)
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  7. Well…seeing as I’m Italian, I’m rather partial to Italian food! ;-) The food at that restaurant looks amazing! I absolutely love gnocchi. It’s one of my favorites along with lasagna. I’m not a fan of anchovies; although, Arman would like me to be! ;-) I have to say though, that dish with the anchovies does look awfully tasty, so I would probably be willing to give it a try.
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  8. I like anchovies! At a tapas restaurant near me I like to order them in olive oil then put them on crunchy bread. Mmm so good and apparently very popular in Europe!
    I love restaurants like this. I recently went to a restaurant here called Bricco Trattoria (on NYE and the Fri after too) so I read this title quickly and was rather confused. I probably wouldn’t have gone with your drink as you know haha but your dish? Getting the gnocchi was very smart! Mmm that salmon looks to die for!
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  9. I like a LITTLE bit of anchovies. Too much and it tastes like you dumped a bottle of salt on it! That restaurant looks amazing. I want to open up my own one day. I am such a foodie.
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  10. As Rachael Ray says, anchovies aren’t really bad in dishes, they just add a salty taste apparently! I don’t recall ever having them, but I think I could do it if they were mixed into something. Sounds like you had a wonderful date!
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  11. It’s funny, I won’t turn down a dish with anchovies and I love adding anchovy paste to dressings but I still continue to say I hate anchovies…I think it’s out of principle haha
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  12. that dinner sounds sooo delicious! I love bellinis…there’s a yummy peach bellini at one of the Italian restaurants nearby :)
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  13. Oh man, I need some Italian food ASAP after reading that. YUMMERS!

    I LOVE gnocchi and I’ll eat anchovies when they’re in something, so I only notice the saltyness and not the actual anchovy.
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  14. Yay to gnocchi, but naaaayyyy to anchovies! I don’t have a good relationship to fish/seafood in general, though, so I may be a little biased ;) As for favourite Italian dish… that’s a toughie. I do love a good pizza or pasta dish, but if I’m being completely honest, my favourite pizza is a simple cheese one, and my favourite pasta is pretty much buttered noodles with parmesan cheese :lol: Just give me the cheese and carbs, and I’m a happy camper.
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  15. That looks sooooo good! I’m queen of destroying bread baskets. I just love me some bread (especially if it’s fresh and served with dipping oil!).

    I actually don’t like frozen fruity drinks unless I am sipping one on a hot summer day. Otherwise I usually only drink when I’ll be eating and I enjoy something more subtle so it doesn’t overpower the meal. Either that or I’m drinking to…well…drink, so sweet fruity drinks make me sick!
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    • definitely fair! I usually go with a glass of wine if I’m drinking with a meal, but that wasn’t going to happen last weekend.

  16. Can I gatecrash your next date night? I would faceplant all those dishes, especially the mussels!!!

    Anchovies are really good, but only in small doses otherwise its a sodium abomination. I think you need to give sardines another go now ;)
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  17. Looks like a great place! I <3 gnocci.
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  18. I love gnocchi! I actually just had it for dinner tonight, funnily enough. :D

    Everything you got looks amazing. I’ve been to Bertoldi’s a few times, but not in the past few years since there were so many other restaurants in London I wanted to try. Everytime I went though I almost always ordered the spaghetti with pesto, goat cheese, and pine nuts. Sooo good!
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  19. I have never tried gnocchi! Better get on that! I also remember I liked anchovies when I was really little, but now, I”m not too sure…
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  20. Oh wow! Everything looks incredible! I’ve never actually had anchovies before, but I’m pretty much convinced now to give them a try should the chance ever present itself. I’m not a huge pasta lover so usually I have a hard time picking something out at Italian restaurants (there’s only so much chicken marsala a gal can order) but omg, gnocchi is a completely different story…WHEN it’s done right that is! The gorgonzola cream sauce sounds heavenly! And bread with oil? A MUST!
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