+ [Italian Kitchen Review]
Over the weekend, my amazing partner took me out for an early birthday dinner to celebrate. Italian Kitchen is located downtown, and we had a very filling night. The restaurant is part of the Glowbal Collection, which is a group of high caliber eating establishments in the city. I was craving pasta that night, and so we had a lot of pasta!
The décor was classy and elegant, with sultry upbeat music playing in the background. It was quite busy on the weekend so I would recommend making a reservation beforehand. We were seated on the upper floor facing a floor-to-ceiling glass window complete with a white tablecloth and flickering candle in the center, which was super romantic.
Our particular server was extremely helpful, and she came to our table several times throughout the night to check that we were doing well.
We started out with a bruschetta antipasto .. which was decent, and consisted of grilled bread with assorted toppings.
We then proceeded to order the pasta platter ($22/per person) and should have stopped there. However, he wanted to order another entrée and chose the veal scallopini ($27.96). The pasta platter was gigantic, and was piled high with 4 varieties – truffled spaghetti, lamb pappardelle, as well as linguine gamberi and penne pomodoro. The truffled spaghetti was hands-down the highlight of the night, as the flavours were subtle, melded together nicely and was simply sublime! The veal entrée was soft, and paired well with asparagus and potatoes in a delicious sauce. As the portion sizes were too much to viably handle, we ended up packing almost half of the platter home .. and still opted to get dessert (hey, you always have a second stomach for dessert!)
The chocolate dessert was insufferably hard to pronounce but tasted divine. By this time, the sun had gone down for a while and the lighting inside the restaurant was dim and lit only by candles. The small round of vanilla ice cream was cool to the tongue; paired with a dense and decadent chocolate torte, it was the perfect end to the night.