>> Wednesday, May 11, 2016
It was hard to decide between pizza or pasta for the main and we ended up with the Orecchiette, little ear like pasta cooked with Italian sausage, broccoli rabe and a bit of chilies. They also served the dish with a side of toasted focciacia. The pasta was perfectly al dente and really was the star of the dish. The sausage and broccoli is only there to provide a bit of extra flavour to the dish. It reminded me of traditional pastas in Italy where the pasta is allowed to shine. I enjoyed the flavour of the dish overall and again the portion here was very generous.
I couldn’t wait for dessert. We decided to go back up to the counter after our meal and order dessert opposed to doing one big order at the very beginning. There were so many choices but my eye was drawn to the Dulche de Leche Cream Puff and the Lime Bar. I was extremely happy with my decisions. The cream puff had an unbelievably crispy exterior with a light drizzle of dulche de leche on top and creamy filling. I was afraid that it would be too sweet with the dulche de leche on top but it was very much the opposite. Just talking about how velvety and delicious it is now makes me want another one this minute.
If you’re looking for something aside from coffee they also have a nice wine selection, especially for all those great summer patio days that are coming our way!
My Pick: Dulche de Leche Cream Puff
Overall: You can never go wrong with any baked goods in my books and Alforno has done a great job of combining savoury and sweet. Everything is well organized and they use their space well. I enjoyed the bright interior and can’t wait to visit their patio over the summer to enjoy more of their delicious baked goods and hopefully with a glass or two of vino!
Alforno Bakery and Café
222 7 Street SW