Italian Kitchen- Pasta Platter Lets You Try a Bit of Everything ~ Eating With Kirby

28 December 2011

Italian Kitchen- Pasta Platter Lets You Try a Bit of Everything

Italian Kitchen is part of the Glowbal Group (as well as Coast, Society, etc) and is one of my preferred restaurants in the downtown area whenever I’m craving pasta. My friends and I ventured to Italian Kitchen for Trixie’s birthday a while back and it has taken me a while to decide whether to write this post because of the hideous quality pictures provided by the dim lighting in the restaurant. I really REALLY dislike dim lighting in restaurants because 1) I want to be able to see the menu clearly, 2) I want to be able to see my food clearly, and 3) it’s hard for me to take good quality pictures. So, needless to say, Italian Kitchen was a major disaster for me in the photography department. I apologize for the ugly pictures in advance!

Again, I used a Glowbal Group “free tapas” coupon so we were each given a complimentary Spicy Kobe Meatball. It was served on a bed of marinara sauce and topped with freshly shaved Parmigiano- Reggiano.

The meatballs were very soft and delicious as always. There was only a small hint of spiciness which I appreciated as it did not overpower the flavour and texture of the meat.  To me, the softness of the meat stole the show.

Trixie and I shared a Pasta Platter ($19.95/person) because we have gotten this before and greatly enjoyed the variety that the platter brings. The platter comes with (from the left): Braised Veal Cannelloni with Wild Mushroom Cream, Pappardelle with Lamb Sausage, Spaghetti and Spicy Kobe Meatballs with Truffle Cream, and Rigatoni Pomodoro (which we substituted for Hand-Rolled Gnocchi for no extra charge).

The braised veal cannelloni was spectacular as the meat was incredibly tender and the wild mushroom cream was to die for. The pappardelle with lamb sausage was a little on the spicy side but it provided a good balance against all the creamy sauces in the platter. One thing our whole table agreed on though was that their pasta, no matter which dish, was always a little undercooked. Just under al dente so it really took some effort to chew through the strands.

The kobe meatballs with truffle cream were the clear winner for many and the gnocchi was very delicious as well. I am so glad we substituted the gnocchi for the rigatoni because I tried the rigatoni before and it was a big disappointment. The texture of the gnocchi was a bit softer than I would have liked, but I can’t complain, it was still pretty good. :)

FW ordered the Rigatoni Vitello ($16.95) which consisted of veal cheeks, spinach, red wine jus, and roasted garlic. She thought the rigatoni was way undercooked and thus difficult to chew through. Also, she said the veal cheeks were good, but they gave her way too much! LOL Have you heard that before? But honestly, she could barely finish all the meat!

Pooh and Sis ordered the Antipasto Misto Platter ($19.95/person) which consisted of Ossobucco croquettes, Spicy Kobe Meatballs, Eggplant Parmigian, Polenta Bolognese, Prosciutto wrapped Tiger Prawns, Crispy Calamari, Salami and Mozzarella Stromboli, Grilled Radicchio with Cherry Balsamic Reduction, and Pistachio Caprino.

There was so much food included in that platter... it was insane! Overall, they liked the Antipasto Platter a lot but there were a few hits and misses. I definitely recommend the Pasta and Antipasto Platter for people who like to “try a bit of everything”.

Service Rating: 3.5/5
Food Rating: 4/5
Price: $$-$$$

Overall Rating: 3.5/5

Happy Eating!

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