Adventures in Restaurants: When in Rome!

It’s been a while since Husband and I went out to dinner, so the first free night we had, we headed downtown to see what restaurant piqued our fancy. This night it was a popular little Italian “trattoria” across from Kingston City Hall called Olivea .
img_20161104_180038img_20161104_180123We started the dinner with several slices of bread, but no butter. Instead, our waitress placed two bottles on the table. One was a dark vinaigrette, and the other was olive oil. I’ve never eaten bread that way. So different. Then we had Arancine al telefono with fontina and mushrooms; crispy, fried rice balls with cheese and mushrooms. The regular serving is three, but as there were only two of us, the waitress gave us an extra so we could have two each, and you really don’t need any more than that.




img_20161104_182156For our main course, Husband had celery root-stuffed ravioli. Very yummy with just enough blue cheese to enhance but not over-power the other flavours of the dish, and as you can see, they’re not huge either. He said with each piece there was a different set of flavours that came through. He said this meal was so good, he’ll judge all future meals against this one.







img_20161104_182200I had Chicken al Mattone with salmoriglio, potato gnocchi and seasonal vegetables. I’m not a fan of gnocchi, but the flavour of the chicken was incredible. There was a lot of garlic (I love garlic) and the chicken was juicy and tender.


We didn’t have desert tonight, instead went to a movie, but it was a great night and I can’t wait to see what place we venture to next!


About Darke Conteur
Darke Conteur is a writer at the mercy of her Muse. The author of stories in several genres, she prefers to create within the realms Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy. A pagan at heart, her personal goal it to find her balance within nature; exploring the dark through her stories and the light through her beliefs. When not writing or working with crystals, she enjoys knitting, gardening, cooking and very loud music.

2 Responses to Adventures in Restaurants: When in Rome!

  1. mariazannini says:

    I love authentic Italian food. Being married to an Italian, occasionally I try to make some of these dishes. It’s definitely comfort food.

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