We dropped in on a Saturday evening (with 6:30pm reservations for 8). There’s plenty of outdoor seating with both an upstairs and main area. No view though. Service was mediocre. The menu consisted of pizzas, antipasto, insalata, pasta and entrees.
Alberta boneless slow-braised short ribs, Barolo demi reduction and creamy risotto served with seasonal vegetables (asparagus, carrots and broccoli). My sis’s dish was the best of the ones I tried. The meat was tender but could have used more sauce. Risotto could have been more flavourful and creamier.
Fettucine tavolino ($34.00)
Chicken breast, Alfredo sauce flambéd in an Asiago cheese wheel. This is their signature dish. Probably the saddest iteration of a fettucini alfredo that I’ve had. Sauce was bland, lacked any cheese flavour and to top it off, not rich or creamy enough. Barely any chicken (which for some reason were cubed) and overcooked. I’d even go far as saying Olive Garden’s is better and the last time I ate there was when I was a teenager.
Truffle pizza ($20.00)
Crème of truffle, cherry tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, prosciutto, arugula and parmigiana. One of the strangest presentations for a pizza I’ve seen. They have some chili flakes, pickles, sweet pickled pepper, sweet red pepper and pickled red onions as “sides”. Flavourwise, it was generic. Couldn’t taste any of the truffle.
Eating at VRI reminded me why we haven’t ate here in years. Don’t come here unless you’ve got money to burn.
Violino Ristorante Italiano
10133 – 125 Street