The food on the menu is definitely made for enjoying with wine and vice versa.
The meal was served with fresh baguette-textured bread and a delicious olive oil for dipping and a glass of Sicilian rose- which made me very nostalgic of my recent trip to Sicily. Our meal started off with an antipasto misto which is the chef's choice and we had a selection of Ontario buffalo mozzarella, pickled green beans, grilled corn which is a nice sweet combination; a white bean and garlic dip which was a tad salty; citrus and garlic olives with thyme (amazing), and duck prosciutto which you can never go wrong with! The antipasto is served with a nutty chardonnay (Norman Hardie, Prince Edward County) which cleanses our palettes well.
The pasta is a house made perfectly al dente duck liver ravioli in a sage and grape musk in brown butter sauce. While the sage and grape provided sweetness, it was still gamey and I'm a huge fan of duck liver (foie is my very favourite thing to eat). The portion size was modest which was great for a second course. Our wine was an italian roso which was savory. Our waiter sang our main dishes out to us when serving us which was a nicely braised lamb which was so juicy and savoury. The rib eye potatoes were a great compliment , and our 2 selected sides were kale, white bean & guanciale which was nice and beet, seasonal greens, stracciatella & balsamic reduction - and I found the beets tough. Pete, my dinner companion, loved it. Inconsistent beet texture made it more interesting for him. We hardly finished this dish when our next robust wine came - which was a favourita as our waiter told us. It's a favourite grape amongst a region of Italy (At this time, I was a bit tipsy and forget the name) but mmm!
Enoteca Sociale www.sociale.ca
1288 Dundas St. W., (West of Ossington)
Reservations yes. 416-534-1200 end_of_the_skype_highlighting;