Tuesday night has become date night for GC and me. Last week we went to Stockyards (fried chicken dinner for me and a pulled pork sandwich for him) and this week we went to Pizzeria Libretto.
I started with a cocktail, the Negroni.
One part gin, one part vermouth, and one part Campari. This cocktail was too much for me – I like to pretend I am a tank when it comes to drinking but certain cocktails (Manhattans, and anything with whiskey or bourbon) I cannot handle. There is too much of a bitter alcohol taste. Once the ice had slightly melted and diluted my drink, I could handle it. If you want to feel like a classy, older, attractive Italian gentleman, drink this cocktail.
They brought bread and olive oil with balsamic vinegar to the table. It’s nothing special but it is aesthetically pleasing and tasty.
Spicy Meatballs with tomato sauce, crostino, and Grana Padano cheese. These were good meatballs – there was nice chunks of basil in the meatball and they were moist and tender. The sauce was slightly too spicy for me – I like my sauce to be sweet rather than spicy. The crostino was crunchy with the perfect hit of garlic. I wish they had given us more than one piece of bread to sop up the plethora of sauce that was given to us. The cheese rounded out the dish with a slight nuttiness.
We both ordered a pizza. GC ordered the traditional Prosciutto pizza.
Ontario Prosciutto, tomato, basil, and mozzarella. A classic combination, a delicious pizza. GC had no complaints but from looking at this picture there could have been more cheese. But then again, there could always be more cheese.
I ordered the Duck Confit Pizza.
Duck confit, Bosc pear, rosemary and mozzarella. The duck was slightly dry but still retained the decadence of duck. The pear was soft and sweet, a compliment to the richness of the duck. The rosemary was woody and sharp, the amplification that was needed for this relatively bland pizza. The mozzarella was lack luster; I think Gorgonzola would have been a better choice. It would have naturally complimented both the duck and the pear. I added hot sauce (calm down, Italian chili hot sauce, not Frank’s Red Hot) to the pizza which added the right amount of heat and moisture that this pizza needed.
For dessert we split the Panna Cotta.
The panna cotta was light and delicate. The lemon added a zing to the simplicity of this dessert. It was slightly too gelatinous for me but I hate jellies in general. Although Italians do not typically have a lot of desserts, they are always light and refreshing, the perfect way to finish a heavy, large meal.
Another great date night with GC. Next week’s date night is taking place at Lucien.