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Beef and Lamb and Chocolate – Oh My!

February 13, 2014

Friends I just had an amazing meal. If you live in the Toronto area, do yourself a favour and go to Maialino in Parkdale. Absolutely beautiful Sicilian food and attentive service. You won’t be disappointed.

I went with a good friend for Winterlicious (three course pre fixe menu for $25). We both had the beef tartar which was perfectly rare and served with shallots and tomato. The lamb shank main blew my mind.  The meat pretty much fell off the bone as soon as my fork touched it.  I could eat that lamb at every meal for the next couple of weeks and not get sick of it. It was served with a small disk of polenta and sauteed dandelion. I was not expecting such a light tasting meal when I ordered. Desert was a dark chocolate biscuit and chocolate dipped strawberry. Again, very light tasting.

My dining companion had the gnocchi in a boar ragu. I stole a bite and it was very good, but I think I won the main dish contest. His desert was excellent – a very dense and flavourful ricotta cake.

I appreciated that the portions were moderately sized and nothing was drowning in sauce, butter or salt. They really let the food speak for itself.  Of course these things are deceiving and I’m sure I consumed far more calories than it seemed, but I liked not rolling out of the restaurant.

Definitely heading back to check out the full menu. We took a look on the way out and have spotted a few dishes that we want to try on the next visit.

Hungry yet? There were some open tables when we left!

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