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Thursday Night Eats at Cardinale

 

Last night’s Instastory adventures featured Liya and I at the media dinner for the new Italian joint Cardinale. With open minds and an empty stomach, we made our way to the Dafoe Building in Victoria Park not knowing what to expect. I always get a little nervous trying new restaurants because I’ve been told (once or twice) that I’m a picky eater. But all my worries disappeared as soon as I opened the door. I felt like I just walked into one of my family gatherings. The atmosphere was lively, Prosecco was flowing, and rich aromas wafted through the air. I felt right at home.

Here’s what we ate.

  PANZANELLA   -   pagnotta toast, heirloom tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, capers, olives, cucumber

PANZANELLA - pagnotta toast, heirloom tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, capers, olives, cucumber

  MANDRAROSSA NERO D'AVOLA  (exclusive to Cardinale)   -   hints of damson plum, black cherry, and licorice

MANDRAROSSA NERO D'AVOLA (exclusive to Cardinale)  - hints of damson plum, black cherry, and licorice

                                    VITELLO   -   veal   ribeye  , Italian bbq sauce, grilled lemons

                                  VITELLO - veal ribeye, Italian bbq sauce, grilled lemons

                   PAPPARDELLE   -   12 hour   veal shin ragu, burnt chicken liver,   piave     vecchio

                 PAPPARDELLE - 12 hour veal shin ragu, burnt chicken liver, piave vecchio

                    Villa Barbi Rosso  - blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot

                   Villa Barbi Rosso - blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot

                                 TORTA  -  lemon breakfast cake, mascarpone, olive oil    RICOTTA AL CAFFE   (right) - espresso, sweet ricotta,   amaretti   cookies,   lucano     caffe  , whipped cream

                               TORTA - lemon breakfast cake, mascarpone, olive oil

RICOTTA AL CAFFE (right) - espresso, sweet ricotta, amaretti cookies, lucano caffe, whipped cream

Not pictured is the delicious PANE (poppyseed and honey foccacia, single origin olive oil, rosemary butter) that looked too good to wait and take a picture of. Sorry guys! But I promise you that you will fall in love with it.   

What a great evening of reconnecting with old friends and meeting new ones. Thank you, Jared Kichula, for opening your doors to host us. This is definitely a must dine restaurant just in time for the Fall/Winter season. The contemporary Italian cuisine is delicious, the Italien wine selection is impressive and the staff is very knowledgeable about the menu. 

In honor of Cardinale's opening, they are hosting an in-restaurant contest for a chance to win a TRIP to Italy for two now through January 17, 2018, with purchase. If any of you guys win, just know I will be more than happy to be your +1. 

Love you leave you 🍒