As I do once a month, I look forward to the local offerings of new restaurants that are opening in our community. Early July I spot the article in our local Post. I’m pleasantly surprised to see that the newest destination I have been keeping my eye on is open and a relatively well-known Toronto chef Massimo Capra lends his name to the cause.
We are greeted the moment we walk thru the door and take in the beautiful decor, to right was the bar and beyond, the patio with its cheerful large yellow umbrellas. On the left of the entrance the dinning room and kitchen await our visit. We did not have a chance to call ahead but not to worry we are there on a week night fairly early there seems to be ample room for us. Reservations are recommended on the weekend. We are seated in a booth, off to the side of the main dinning room but still in view of the open kitchen. Our server arrives and greets us.
As I peruse the menu my eye is immediately drawn to the grilled calamari ($12) served with sautéed diced tomatoes, red and yellow peppers, red onions, olives and a splash white wine. I have to admit I have a true love of calamari I can never resist it! I choose a Pino Grigio thinking it will be a the perfect pairing with my appetizer, the combination of the wine and the perfectly grilled calamari is wonderful very tender , not chewy and the flavors WOW! We decide to order the roasted mushroom risotto ($15). Roasted porcini, oyster and cremini mushroom risotto garnished with green onion, parmigiano and romano shavings as well as the Four Cheese Gnocchi ($17). Potato gnocchi and onion sautéed in brown butter and served on top of gorgonzola, fontina, parmigiano, and romano cheese sauce. Garnished with fresh diced tomato. The risotto is good but nothing to write home about and lacking in flavor I have had better. The Gnocchi is crispy from being sautéed, the center of the gnocchi is gummy and it’s not like a pillow of goodness.I am very disappointed. No table check was done through out our entire meal, in fact we finished our meals and I had poured all the our wine the whole evening. I was very surprised that there was really no interaction during our meals with our server, until she came to clear our main course plates and left a dessert menu on the table. I did decide to have a dessert. I love Italian desserts and was excited to say the least when I was told that they made their own Cannoli ($8) I had to indulge.
They arrive…. the moment of truth, this is my last impression. They come three on a plate, I take my first bite, crisp shell, and the filling is decadent I am please. Then I look at they other half of the Cannoli that’s left in my hand and realize the center of the treat is empty. I feel totally cheated! I grab the attention of our server and make her aware of my displeasure, she does apologize and offers to get me another. I explained that I really didn’t want another.I just really wanted to make her and the kitchen aware of how I felt as a paying customer.She promptly brought our check, received our payment and didn’t even bother to say thank-you or good-bye. I suppose they really don’t value word of mouth. Our total bill came to about $100.00.
You will find Fraticelli’s located at 10 Vogell Road. Unit B. Richmond Hill, On. 905-883-6841
Massimo Capra “For Real?” October 1, 2010