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
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
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.
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?
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<— Anchovies: yay or nay?
<— Do you like fruity frozen drinks? When I was in Mexico, I pretty much lived off of pina coladas.