Le Petit Italien
I was looking for a restaurant to try with my roommate this evening and I wanted it to be in Outremont because I don't go in the gorgeous neighborhood often enough! My friend proposed that I try Le Petit Italien on Bernard. I love Italian food but the quality of it seems to be pretty bad around town. After visiting the (nice) website, I thought I'd give it a try anyway.
I went pretty early, just a little before 6pm so we didn't need to reserve a table but it got packed pretty fast. It's always good to make a call before heading there! The restaurant looks very nice and more expensive than the prices they actually charge. The only thing that I found expensive was the wine list. Glasses are mostly around 10$ for Italian wines I never heard of but I did enjoy my glass of Merlot.
For the appetizer, I ordered the organic salmon tartare mixed with grilled capers and ginger. It was very tasty and fresh. The tartare and two crakers that came with it were covered by a thin layer of olive oil. The portion was perfect too!
To my joy, I got to eat a risotto as an entrée. Risottos can be so amazing when well made! I ordered the appetizer size which made it a decent plate following the previous dish. I think every Italian restaurant should offer half-dishes when it comes to pasta and rice as it can be too filling. Cuccina on St-Laurent does that too and the portions are still generous!
Three types of risottos were offered and I decided to go with the risotto primavera made up of zucchini, carrots, spinach and prosciutto. The dish was so earthy with every flavor well balanced but I didn't care much about the prosciutto. I'd rather replace it with chorizo if I was given the choice or no meat at all!
The dessert list seemed nice and I would have loved to try their tiramisu - it must be a real one after all. Their crème brulée sounded intriguing too but as you'll get used to, I rarely can make it to dessert after a nice two plate course.
Conclusion: It might just be my new favorite Italian restaurant in town. Perfect portions and great presentation!
LE PETIT ITALIEN ADDRESS: 1265 avenue Bernard PHONE: (514) 278–0888 HOURS: DAILY 11h30 A.M. – 2h30 P.M. / 5h30 P.M. – 12 A.M. ALCOHOL: Yes but a tad expensive VEGETARIAN FRIENDLY: Yes CREDIT CARDS: Yes PRICE: 45$ for a two-course meal with a glass of wine