Colline Emiliane Ristorante

We discovered Colline Emiliane Ristorante through Italy Magazine, a free guide we received from purchasing TrenItalia train tickets.

Located along Via degli Avignonesi. Near to Trevi Fountain off a quiet alley this is a cozy place to enjoy a meal.

They make their own pasta on site. You can watch the chefs through the glass windows preparing the days pastas.

We arrived with no reservations, however this was not a problem and we were guided to our table in the front room. Our server was friendly and spoke English which helped make the communication easier. We started off with a refreshing mushroom salad with celery. Nicely presented, the flavour of the mushrooms were complimented by the celery.

Deniz ordered Tagliatelle alla Bolognese (homemade tagliatelle in a ragu sauce).

I ordered Polpette di Manzo Fritte con Purea (Fried meat balls with mashed potatoes).

Our respective dishes were delicious. My meat balls were nicely flavoured and crumbled apart quite easily. A balsamic drizzle and three different dipping splashes provided some extra flavouring. Fig was pretty good but I liked the balsamic drizzle the best. The mashed potato was very soft and creamy.

We finished our meal with an espresso and shared a Torta Meringata al Limone (Lemon meringue pie).

This Torta Meringata al Limone was the best we ever had. The crust was like a cookie. The lemon custard was very thick. The meringue had a very crispy outer shell while fluffy the n the inside. Outstanding!!

We enjoyed this experience so much we returned the next day for lunch again. This time we made reservations.

This time we started out with a platter of assorted meats with crackers and fried porcini mushrooms with basil mayo dip.

Both of these dishes were delicious! What stood out most for us, though was the basil mayo dip. This was outstanding! The refreshing flavour of basil in a creamy dip was amazing and complimented the fried porcini mushrooms so well.

For our meal, Deniz ordered a porcini mushroom pasta plate from the daily specials menu.

I ordered Taglioni con Culatello (Homemade thin tagliatelle with cured ham).

This was my favourite dish of the entire trip. The pasta was nicely al dente. The cured ham meaty and was a generous portion. Together, very delicious!!

We finished things off with the Torta Meringata al Limone again. I miss this already.

We are so grateful to have purchased those train tickets which led to the magazine and article of recommended places to eat. We would not have known about this place otherwise.

With delicious homemade pasta, friendly service and a delicious menu, we highly recommend Colline Emiliane Ristorante when visiting Rome.

Fog Harbor Fish House

Walking around Pier 39, we saw this place on the upper level. After browsing the menu we approached the front desk and were led inside to our table overlooking the bay with a good view of Alcatraz.

We started with an appetizer of oysters. They were absolutely delicious!

We then both ordered clam chowder served in a sourdough bowl and added the optional crab meat. Mine was overflowing and had spilled out the bowl.

Deniz’ was more neatly presented.

This was delicious! The crab meat with clams made this a great chowder. The sourdough bowl was fresh and tasted better than any other I had previously. The service was friendly and pretty quick. Not that we were in any rush but we were in and out in an hour. We highly recommend Fog Harbor Fish House when visiting Pier 39 in San Francisco.

Tony’s Pizza Napoletana

During our city tour this morning our guide highly recommended Tony’s Pizza Napoletana as being the best pizza in San Francisco. By the time the tour ended it was lunch time. We looked on Google how far it was from our hotel. It said 1.3 kms so we decided to walk there. We ended up walking through a very busy Chinatown to get to Little Italy where Tony’s Pizza is. Upon arrival we quickly learned how popular the place is. We were told it would be an hour wait so we left our name and number. They use a system through Yelp where we can keep an eye on our place in line and send a text when you’re approximately 5 minutes from getting your table. This was handy as we waited in Washington Square across the street which is a nice park.

Upon being seated we selected a Peroni beer, calamari fritti and Great Grandma pizza. It was all absolutely delicious! The calamari was crispy battered and was very tender. Pieces were a nice bite size.

GREAT GRANDMA $38

aiello mozzarella, sweet tomato sauce, 24 month aged prosciutto di parma, 24 month aged parmigiano reggiano, castelvetrano cured olives, 7 year sandeman port reduction, micro greens, spicy nduja, romano, oregano, garlic oil. She’s aged to perfection.

This pizza was delicious! Everything from the crust to the freshness of our toppings. I wish we had a place like this back home.

We highly recommend eating at Tony’s Pizza Napoletana when in San Francisco. You may need to wait around an hour but it’s well worth the wait. I overheard another customer mention they booked a reservation online through Yelp.

Maru Sushi

We just arrived in San Francisco and were looking for a place to eat. Just down the street from our hotel we found Maru Sushi.

A nice little place with a delicious menu and reasonable prices. After settling in I ordered an Asahi beer. Surprised to read that it was brewed and bottled by Molson Brewery under supervision by Asahi. Huh? Wow! When I order beer at home it’s usually from Thailand or Germany. Most interesting.

Maru had a special on fresh oysters so I could not resist ordering two pieces.

I ordered Chirashi Sushi for my main course. Nice assortment of fish. Salmon, tuna, and a few others I was not sure about but thoroughly enjoyed. Presented nicely with shaved daikon, green onion, tobiko and shiso leaf. Absolutely delicious!!

Deniz ordered a Cherry Blossom roll. Tuna and avocado with salmon on the outside. This was also very delicious!!

We will be sure to eat here again before we leave. After one meal we are very impressed and thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Good service in a nice atmosphere. Decent pricing.

Mondello Ristorante

Located along the downtown stretch of Streetsville, Mondello Ristorante specializes in Italian cuisine, as the name suggests. It’s quite easy to find and there’s also a small parking lot right beside the building for convenience.

We went early on a Saturday evening. There were a few tables occupied but by 6pm the dining room was full. Friendly servers and a nice atmosphere but became quite noisy once the dining room was full.

We were there as part of a large group celebrating a birthday milestone. Service was pretty good at being consistent across the table. Appetizers were ordered and evenly dispersed. Our main courses were delivered to everyone within a couple of minutes. The last two guests were a few minutes behind the rest of the table but all in all, not bad.

Appetizers included Bruschetta, Arancini and Charcuterie Board for Two. Everything was delicious. I, personally enjoyed the meats that were part of the Charcuterie board. I am not certain exactly what they were but seemed to include prosciutto and a couple types of salami.

I chose the Tuscan Pizza. This pizza featured roasted chicken, prosciutto, roasted red peppers, basil pesto, caramelized shallots, Asiago, baby arugula, tomato and mozzarella. Delicious pizza.

While quite delicious, it did have a lot of toppings for what is supposed to be an Italian pizza. While Italian regions differ in styles, they’re all usually simple. The crust was also average. I found the pizza at Goodfellas to be much better in comparison for authenticity. Mondello has too much toppings and cheese for an authentic Italian pizza. But the thin crust was nice and again, it was delicious. By North American standards it was far better than any of the pizza chain places.

Pricing was a little steep at $26 for this personal sized pizza (roughly 12″). We found the menu in general was on the high side. For this price range, Goodfellas Pizza would be a better choice.

I sampled Deniz’ Mushroom Risotto. Wonderful flavours but quite salty. This would have been excellent with a little less salt. At $22 this was also a bit pricey. They did use a bit of truffle oil which is expensive but the ingredients in generally were low in cost.

A few other guests had the salmon with honey mustard sauce. Everyone found it delicious and were quite happy with their choices.

All in all this was an enjoyable meal. Modern atmosphere and very friendly service. A latte was accidentally knocked over at our table. Servers were quick to bring serviettes to soak up the spill and offered a refill. Very nice. Delicious food in general. I’m probably a bit tougher on judging pizza due to having enjoyed some very good pizza at a couple other places. But this was still very delicious and better than any pizza chain but in line with other local Italian restaurants. Would I return? Probably. But I would try something else.

Good Fellas Pizza

After seeing our old TD branch close and be transformed into a restaurant, we were eager to try this new place. We tried Good Fellas Pizza on a busy Saturday evening. We arrived a little after 5pm without reservations and were seated right away but the place quickly filled up. All stone work and brick inside, the atmosphere is set to be Gangster themed. We were seated right by the window and with no window coverings the setting sun was quite warm on us. But with the place quickly filled up we hoped for a quick sunset or clouds for relief.

I ordered a house draft lager called “Oro”. Very smooth and mild, served in a tall chilled Pilsner this was very delicious and refreshing. Our server informed us the beer is made for them by a micro brewery in Brock, Ontario.

We ordered calamari appetizer. Over all was very good. Very tender and crispy batter. But at almost $20, the portion was small and overpriced. The curly cuts were a bit difficult to eat in one bite so needed to cut them down. Would have been nicer to have the pieces bite size and ready to eat. However, full marks on cooking the calamari just right.

We ordered the Romana (family sized) Capriccoisa pizza. Served on a large wooden block with scissors, this wood fired oven baked pizza was delicious. It did not taste like a restaurant pizza. It tasted like someone’s Italian grandma just cooked this for you, the good old fashioned way. Everything was nicely prepared. The cheese was an amount just right. Unlike most Canadian pizzas the cheese was not like a layer of rubber. Thin crust and with san marzano tomato sauce this was one of the best pizzas I’ve had.

For dessert I ordered a decaf espresso and Deniz a decaf latte. We also shared a tiramisu dessert. Was very light tasting and went well with the espresso.

To summarize, on the upside this was one of the best pizza’s I have tasted. Servers were friendly. Cool gangster atmosphere. But on the things I did not enjoy so much was the loud interior. With all the hard surfaces, voices and sounds tend to bounce around. We found it hard to converse. Having blinds or some sort of window coverings would have been nice. The sunset on us was quite harsh. I would have preferred the pizza to be pre-cut. Having to cut such nice pizza with scissors kind of took away from being so impressed by the quality of the pizza.

Would we return? Certainly. But our dinner just for the two of us with one alcoholic beverage (beer) our bill came to $90 plus tip. Kind of steep for a pizza dinner. The pizza would have served three but would have been a stretch to serve four people. At $38 for the pizza it’s on the upper side of pricing. But for a special occasion or a special treat once or twice per year this would be fine.

Golden Fish & Chips

Located along the downtown strip in Georgetown, Golden Fish & Chips have been operating for over 25 years. The place itself is not modern by any means but it has a nice old cottage like feel. Their fish is their success story. We have eaten here many times including bringing out of town guests there too. Their halibut and chips are the best in the Greater Toronto Area. It may not look like the prettiest plate but it is one of the tastiest.

What I like best is the thin crispy batter. It is not thick and spongy like some other places. The thin crispy batter compliments the fish nicely. Their fries are less impressive but the fish is so delicious that the fries end up being decent.

Friendly servers, quick service and a cottage like atmosphere make this a great place to enjoy one of the best fish and chips around. Prices are very reasonable. Please note they do not accept credit cards but do accept debit in addition to good ol’ cash.