Thursday, September 25, 2008

Pizzazzeria Libretto

Note to self: Avoid restaurants that have just been written up. Now / BlogTO / Globe & Mail. Especially when they don't take reservations, and are located on trendy Ossington Ave. It's not easy for a meal to live up to expectations after an hour and a half wait, even if you pass it comfortably drinking at a nearby bar.

Antipasti & Bruschette
While not everyone agreed (extended wait bitterness), I think the food was excellent. Even in the chaos of a full house and a never ending line-up, the food came out at a reasonable pace – and it was good. I hardly remember the appetizers, but looking at the pictures again, I'm going to say the Brushette with spicy sausage, pesto and goat chesse was my favorite. The other two shown are Calmari and Burrata on heirloom tomatoes.

I was excited when everyone selected a different pizza, but I was only able to sample Fusilli's Quattro Stagione. I didn't really feel like sharing either, and only gave up half a slice. Next time when hunger isn't clawing at me, I'd consider sharing a full slice.... but only one!

When the pizzas arrived, the camera was passed around and Prosecco got the best shot. Featured pizza – Sardines (Tomato, Citrus Olives, Herbs, Chili Oil). From the left: Margherita (Tomato, Basil, Ingersoll Fiore Di Latte Mozzarella), Duck Confit (Pesto, Tomato), Quattro Stagione (Tomato, Ingersoll Fiore Di Latte Mozzarella, Cacciatore, Bella Olives, Mushroom & Artichoke) & House-Made Sausage (Caramelized Onion, Mozzarella, Chili Oil).

I had the Duck Confit, which may sound odd on pizza, but if you grew up on Rosa's sexy duck, it's the obvious choice. Meaty, rich and delicious.

Before dinner I always tell myself that I'm not going to have dessert. I'll blame the wine, which was excellent, for convincing me that you can't pass up a Panna Cotta. Luckily, by the time dessert arrived, the spirit of sharing had returned and we all tried a bite of each. My second favorite was the Pistachio Gelato followed by the Cannoli.

For more info, see the full menu.


Nicole Morell said...

Is it just me or did those pizzas spend one minute too many in the wood oven?

For the exact opposite of Terroni, Libretto et al head to Frank's Pizza House on St. Clair (at Lansdowne) and order the pesto, goat cheese & cremini pizza. Or the caramelized onion, ricotta and roasted peppers. George (the son of Frank) mans the ovens masterfully.

Lois Kim said...

Nicole- let's go there next! With or without the pregnant ladies!