Bistecca Italian Steakhouse and Wine Bar –  ♥♥♥ out of  ♥♥♥♥

My friend Sydelle recommended I review the restaurants where I’ve eaten, especially when we travel.  I thought that was a great idea and fun to do because I love eating at new or different restaurants. The highest rating of a restaurant will be ♥♥♥♥. In the future I will post pictures of the food we eat.

My first review will be of the Italian restaurant Bistecca Italian Steakhouse and Wine Bar, http://www.sorrentinos.com/bistecca.php, it is part of the Sorrentino’s Restaurant Group.  This restaurant was recommended to me by my stepson TJ and he was right, it was delicious.

First of all it’s located in the southwest area of Edmonton on the corner of 23rd avenue and 111th street, so not super central but worked for our circumstances. It has a higher end feel when you walk in, with linen tablecloths and modern decor.  There were eight of us and we were greeted and seated immediately.  Once seated, it seemed to take a little longer than what should be expected to be acknowledged by our server.  But he arrived and took our drink and appetizer orders(we ordered appetizers right away, everyone was hungry).  I wouldn’t call the waiter warm and friendly but he got the job done.  Drinks came right away and they were delicious. But when the drinks dried up, they sat there empty for too long, that shouldn’t happen. I have tried Cosmo martinis at many restaurants and my Cosmo was one of the best I have ever drank, yummy.  My sister had a Lemon Drop martini which was equally as good.  Some of the others drank wine, there was a very good selection.  They were pleased with it, but I can’t comment directly on it as I didn’t drink any.

The appetizers arrived promptly it seemed.  The table shared the Mussels Siciliana, Prawns and the Tomato and Bocconcini.  All were delicious and fresh.  I also wanted to try an order of steak tartar- Carne Cruda Alla Piemontese- it was served with truffle oil, thinly sliced truffles, lemon and a little anchovy. It came with crostini. I loved it, it was so fresh and flavorful.

For a main course I wasn’t sure whether to order the House Made Medaglioni(wild mushroom truffle cream sauce) or the House Made Veal Agnolotti(truffle beurre blanc, shaved Parmigiano Reggiano)- the waiter recommended the House Made Veal Agnolotti, so that’s what my sister and I ordered. What a great choice, it was super delicious but quite rich.  Luckily they offer 2 choices for portion size(half and full size portions) for the pasta dishes, we chose the half portion and it was just perfect. My husband Ray ordered a full size portion(2 cannelloni)of the House Made Bison Cannelloni, he loved it but we took one of the cannelloni home, very filling with the wild mushroom cream sauce.

They offer a number of side dishes such as Baked Asparagus, Sauteed Baby Spinach and Caramelized Butternut Squash.  They also offer 5 sauces for an extra $2, to pair with their meat dishes, Wild Mushroom Marsala Jus, Barolo Wine Reduction, Truffle Porto Jus, Gorgonzola Cream and a Green Peppercorn Cognac Reduction.

We then ordered only a few desserts to share, everyone was quite full.  They had a nice variety of nine desserts, from White Chocolate Tiramisu, a Warm Chocolate Torte to a Baked Meringue with Limoncello Curd.  I had a little of the White Chocolate Tiramisu, and it was good. I am not a big fan of white chocolate, I find it so sweet so would probably prefer a traditional Tiramisu, but that’s just my taste, the others loved the white chocolate twist.

No one ordered coffee.  The bill averaged out to $80/person including tip.  We thought that was a fair price for a higher end restaurant.  The bill included 3 bottles of wine, 10 cocktails, 6 appetizers, 8 entrees and 3 desserts.

I rate this restaurant,  ♥♥♥ out of  ♥♥♥♥.  The food, drink and ambiance were fantastic, but the service was only good, it wasn’t very friendly, specifically our waiter. When you are paying the price of a higher end restaurant you expect excellent service.  Saying all that we had a ton of fun.♥

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