Toscana Italian Grill is an authentic Italian restaurant in South Calgary - and it is also located right next to a European Market. Bonus.
My mom brought me here for my Birthday Dinner, and we were both surprised that the place wasn't busier! We both ordered the same thing - a glass of red sangria and the lobster ravioli - and it was positively to DIE for. I nearly licked the plate.
Our server overheard that it was my birthday, and she surprised us with an order of cream puffs for dessert. I am normally NOT a cream puff kinda girl..but they were unreal! We are them all.
Our service was perfect - so friendly and attentive. I wanted to put the waitress in my pocket, she was so adorable.
I can't wait to go back!
A friend took me to Pulcinella recently because it was in walking distance of her place in Kensington. I am a huge fan of pizza (ve isn't?) but especially oven-fired, fresh pizza like this - and Pulcinella did not disappoint.
We started with an order of the Arancini (Cheesy risotto balls breaded and fried) and they were unbelievably delicious. Next we ordered two pizzas - and may or may not have finished them both! You can taste the freshness of every ingredient used.
The best thing about this place has to be the atmosphere. It is sexy, modern and charming. The service wasn't phenomenal on the day we went, but according to my friend this was not normally the case.
Chianti is a Calgary classic - consistently good Italian food in a family-friendly atmosphere. Think fresh salads, scrumptious appetizers and hearty pastas.
There are a few locations in Calgary, but I always go to the one in the far south - on Macleod Trail. The staff are friendly and attentive and the atmosphere is casual enough for a quick lunch or a nice dinner. They even have a house wine - a chianti obviously - that is exclusive to the restaurant itself.
On Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays they do $8.99 pasta specials. My personal favorite is the Tortellini Alla Panna.