Cotto Enoteca has been getting quite a bit of buzz in the Twitterverse since it opened and rightly so. Executive Chef/Managing Partner Alex Tung has created a menu of modern Italian dishes that are truly wonderful. Occupying the building that used to house Anducci’s, Cotto brings some great casual dining to North Burnaby. After some bread, some Prosecso, 6 courses and a litre of fantastic BC red wine Chef Tung and Cotto made a fan out of me.
We started out with some nice bread and a Cannellini Bean & Truffle Oil spread. The spread was awesome, the bread was fresh, very light and airy with a crunchy outer crust, so good. Course 1 was Calamari Fritto, crispy fried squid with roma tomatoes and salsa verde. The squid was cooked perfectly, it’s very rare to find calamari cooked this well and I’ll go so far as to say it was the most perfectly cooked calamari I’ve ever eaten. The flavours were also outstanding. Salsa verde isn’t something that I would associate with squid but it was a great flavour combo.
Course 2 was Prosciutto e Melone, prosciutto wrapped melon with roma tomotoes. The sweet and savoury flavour profile of this dish is great, there was also some shaved radish and crispy fried prosciutto pieces sprinkled on top the added and nice salty kick and some crunchy texture to this simple but well executed dish. The plating was beautiful as well. Course 3 was Cotto Polpetti, house made meatballs with crispy bread crumbs, San Marzano tomato sauce and fried pizza dough. The meatballs were so tender and delicious, they melted in my mouth. The tomato sauce was rich and added a great citrus kick to the savoury meatballs and the fried pizza dough was perfect for soaking up the extra sauce. Chef Tung’s dishes are all very carefully thought out in terms of flavour, texture and presentation.
Course 4 was Papardelle Carbonara. Carbonara is my favourite pasta dish and this one in particular was magnificent. It was made with guanciale, a type of smoked Italian bacon most commonly made with pork cheeks or jowl. It had Parmigiano-Reggiano, Pecorino Romano, roasted garlic and a sexy little 63 degree egg nestled on top. Break the egg yolk, mix it in with the al dente pappardelle noddles and it’s pure pasta magic. Course 5 was one of Chef Tung’s signature dishes, Pizza Cotto. Seeing as Cotto is a pizzeria we couldn’t leave without trying a pizza. The Pizza Cotto had Yukon gold potatoes, pancetta, fried brussel sprout leaves, Gorgonzola dolce and fonduta. The potato gave the pizza a very unique texture that was really great and the brussel sprout leaves added a peppery crunch. This is a pretty incredible pizza. The crust is thin and crispy but not too this that it burns. It’s cooked in Cotto’s wood fired pizza oven as are all their Neapolitan pizzas.
We finished off the night with a dessert recommended by our server, Salted Caramel Budino. It’s butterscotch pudding with sea salt and some little rosemary biscotti. Salted butterscotch… wow. Most of you probably know that I’m not normally a sweets lover but this was awesome. The rosemary biscotti seemed like a weird choice but it really worked, once again showing Chef Tung’s skill with flavour and texture.
Needless to say I would recommend Cotto to anyone I know, it’s terrific. Go check it out!!
Web – cotto.ca
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