>> Tuesday, January 22, 2013
The appies featured at the time (they constantly change their menus based on seasonality, but favorites do make a reappearance) included Calamari which we ordered with the house made onion loaf, a Braised Duck Crocante and a light red leaf salad with anchovy vinaigrette. The calamari wasn’t deep fried but served with a light olive and tomato sauce. I really enjoyed dipping the chewy onion loaf in to the tomato sauce and scooping some calamari on top. It was a nice change to the deep fried calamari that I’m used to. My parents both enjoyed the crocante, it was a nice contrast between the crispy outer shell and the moist duck in the center.
For our primi or pasta course, we selected the Ricotta Gnocchi, Risotto, Oxtail Ravioli and Tortelloni Bolognese. All the pasta dishes were cooked perfectly al dente. The gnocchi was nice and chewy, perfect little bite sized carby goodness scooping up the lovely sauce. The oxtail ravioli was very flavourful, I really enjoyed the combination of mushrooms with the creaminess of the sauce. My only complaint was there wasn’t more of it! After a couple bites of the tortelloni, it was hard not to steal the dish away. Again, the flavour combinations worked really well here. As for the risotto, it was creamy without being heavy and the texture of the dish was just right, without the rice being overly mushy or the consistency seizing up. It ‘fell’ just the way a risotto should when you take each spoonful.
It was hard to select which dolce aka dessert we wanted, since they all sounded very appealing. My parents ordered the Cranberry
The wine that was chosen that evening was a Schug Sonoma Valley Pinot Noir, a bouquet full of cherries with a nice lingering of oak and a long smooth finish. A wine that is light enough to pair with all the seafood, but a spicier red to go with the meat dishes as well.
Overall: Il Sogno’s always been a restaurant that we’ve frequented over the years so I’m glad to finally share my experiences with everyone. Although I forgot about posting this blog, it definitely does not mean that Il Sogno is forgettable, quite the opposite. When you’re there you’ll enjoy unforgettable service combined with delicious Italian inspired fare. What more can you ask for? Well there is a special Chef’s tasting menu..maybe ask for that…it was delish!