Jamie’s Italian in Yorkdale

So I have to admit that I have a small (BIG) crush on Jamie Oliver.  I can’t help it, he is just amazing! So when I was in Toronto recently for a conference and saw that he has a restaurant there, I took it as a sign.  A BIG SIGN…eat here…drag your friends here…hahahaha!

Lucky enough that I have some pretty awesome friends who will come with me whereever I want to eat so it was pretty easy to convince them!

So off we went! Got the reservation…check, get the uber…check, get your friends…check AND WE WERE OFF!

Now the restaurant from where we were staying was a good 30 minute drive but it was worth it!

We show up and were seated…guess where we were seated? Right…by…the…OPEN KITCHEN.  Now granted everyone in the restaurant was seated in the same area, but thats not the point.  The point is that this is always the best seat in the house.  Its like being at your own viewing of a cooking show.  Whenever you go and eat somewhere, ask if they have a chefs counter, it won’t dissapoint!

The food was awesome! To start we shared the Crispy Ravioli, this is such a great appetizer to do for a crowd…hmmm…side note – remember to do a post on this one…and we shared the Charcuterie Board.  Ms. Munro and I … well actually everyone in my life…has a healthy love of charcuterie boards.  They are just soooo good! The cured meats, the pickled vegetables, cheese, olives…I could go on and on but I think we get the point.

Then for dinner I had “Gennaro’s Tagiliatelle Bolognese”.  Now this sauce, I could dream about this sauce over and over again.  Slow cooked pork and beef in a red wine sauce….ugh…so good!! Ms. Munro had the Fresh Crab Spaghetti, Ms. Cool had Gennaro’s Famour Porchetta and Ms. Cox had the Fish with olives and tomatoes.  We each tried a little bit of everyone’s and I can say that everything was delicious!

If you are in Toronto…eat here!!

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Crispy Ravioli with Spicy Tomato Sauce
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Charcuterie Board
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Gennaro’s Tagliatelle Bolognese
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Gennaro’s Famous Porchetta
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Fresh Crab Spaghetti
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Whole Roasted Fish with Olives and Tomato

Anniversary Dinner at Corso32

My Hubs and I had quite a busy summer! But now that it is over we decided to treat ourselves and celebrate our 2nd Anniversary with a dinner at Corso 32.  I was first told about Corso 32 from my sister and her husband.  She had been hearing that it was a great new restaurant in Edmonton but hadn’t had a chance to make it there.  So about a year ago my good friend, Ms. Cool, and I went and checked it out! It was awesome! So when my Hubs and I decided to head to the City for the weekend and celebrate our Anniversary I knew exactly where we should go! I had called ahead and asked if we could do a tasting menu for our dinner.  My Hubs and I love doing this, it gives you an opportunity to try more items on the menu and its just something different to.  Some restaurants will have set tasting menus but if you don’t see it being offered, don’t be shy and ask if that is something that they can do!

Corso 32 is a small Italian restaurant…and I mean small! I love how from the outside you wouldn’t even really know that there is a restaurant until you get almost right up to the door.  Once you are inside there are just small tables grouped together in a very cozy atmosphere.  I also love that even though the restaurant is small and the tables are close together it still felt very intimate and no issue having your own conversation…if that makes sense 😉

We decided to also do wine pairings with our meals which was a great idea and I am so happy that we did it! Our server was awesome and very knowledgeable and did not push us or try to hurry us through the courses.

We had 6 course and ranged from a prosciutto and cheese plate to probably the best braised short rib that I have had in my life!

If you are in Edmonton make sure you make it to Corso 32, you will not be disappointed!

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