Tasty Tomato is another neighbourhood Italian restaurant located on the west side (along with Piccolino Bistro) that has been around for ages. I’ve gone to this place many times when I was a youngin’ and I’m happy to say it continues to thrive. Family owned and operated for over 20 years, don’t let the drab exterior scare you away.
We decided to go for a late dinner Tuesday night. This is home cooked, traditional, comfort style Italian food with a relaxed vibe and staff. Grab a table along the walls and you can car-watch the night away.
Heck, the 50% off wine bottles sign (Monday to Thursdays) should be enticing you to step inside. Although it’s hilarious that it’s been up for as long as I can remember.
The menu is absolutely massive (literally). One page full of appetizers, pastas and entrees (veal and chicken) and the back page has all the drinks. I don’t think the menu has ever changed since I first set foot in Tasty Tomato, haha.
Amabile white wine (Italian) ($16.00) – 50% wine. Who can resist? We went with an Amabile white wine, which was light, sweet and fruity.
Caesar salad ($11.95)
The caesar salad was one of their daily specials. I haven’t ordered a caesar salads in ages but this one was quite good. Nothing special but the romaine lettuce was crisp and the croutons crunchy. The dressing leaned towards the lighter side. A health caesar, so to speak.
Lumache alla paragina ($12.95)
Escargot baked in a white wine garlic butter sauce. You get six pieces of escargot bathed in butter and oven baked cheese. An interesting appetizer to try. I would have preferred less butter but the escargots were tasty.
Lobster medallions ($16.95)
Another special for the night. I knew I had to order it the moment the waitress said the words lobster and special. Those two words scream good eats. The sauce was delicious – light, sweet, and creamy. The medallions/ravioli was on point and there was a good amount of lobsta filling in each one. My favourite dish of the night.
Linguine salmone ($18.95)
Linguine noodles sautéed with smoked salmon, mushrooms, and sundried tomatoes in a rosee sauce. This one I preferred over the penne as the rosee sauce was tasty and the linguine absorbed the sauce well to give it a nice, uniform taste.
Don’t expect to be blown away by Tasty Tomato but if you want simple, homemade Italian food done right, this is the spot. A tad on the pricey side but I haven’t had a bad meal yet. Bonus – another good place to eat on the West end of town.
Tasty Tomato Italian Eatery
14233 Stony Plain Road