Not only do I love a celebratory night out with my fav galpals, but I also love an opportunity to check out a new restaurant.
When we got together for my lovely friend Robin’s birthday earlier this month, we made the trek out to Burlington to have dinner at Eatalia http://www.eatalia.ca.
I have to be honest. I was sceptical about the choice of venue. I have driven by Eatalia a few times and always thought that it was a chain restaurant on par with the likes of Eastside Mario’s (blech!). However, this could not have been further from the truth. Eatalia is an independent, stylish restaurant with a warm and welcoming staff and inventive menu.
We could not decide on an appetizer so our server put together a meat and cheese antipasti plate for the four of us to share (more like devour!).
I ordered the Bucatini Alla Matriciana which was tossed in a sauce made of tomatoes, basil, smoked bacon, pancetta and chilli peppers (you had me at bacon!!). I literally wanted to lick my plate it was so good – sometimes couth is an overrated virtue.
Diane and birthday girl Robin had the quail with roasted mushroom and fig sauce served on a bed of pancetta polenta. I have to be honest – I can’t for the life of me remember what Vivieen had. Let’s just say A LOT of wine was consumed that night.
We refrained from having desert at the restaurant as we were heading back to Robin’s house for more wine and cake. (Note - cake is not shown -- see too much wine note above).
I love going to Robin's house...not only because there is wine, but because her home is absolutely gorgeous! Robin is such a creative talent. I mentally made decor notes to use in my new abode.
Like all of us, she is also a huge rock n roll fan, which reflected in our choice of birthday prezzies. I'm hoping to borrow the Marc Bolan biography from her when she is finished!