Sara Says...

DINE and Destinations - - EDITORS LETTER -

The dy­namic duo of Margie and Michael Pagliaro just keeps get­ting bet­ter. Now joined by daugh­ter Mon­ica, this is their most am­bi­tious and ma­ture restau­rant to date, and ten­ders a wine list worth read­ing for its many high­lights. The so­phis­ti­cated black in­te­rior boasts a beau­ti­ful bar at the rear, which has be­come a favourite din­ing spot of many a cus­tomer. This fam­ily un­der­stands hos­pi­tal­ity, and here, you are en­ter­ing the home of friends.

If you have made enough de­ci­sions the day you dine and sim­ply want some­thing de­li­cious to eat, you will be thrilled with the an­tipasto plat­ter. And if bread is your down­fall, watch out: the crusty, just-baked loaf with a sprin­kle of rose­mary and slick of olive oil will get you.

Tell the server you are torn be­tween Bre­saola and Cap­rese salad of tomato and creamy bur­rata cheese, and he might bring you both. All the clas­sic Ital­ian dishes are on the menu, but Michael’s loyal clien­tele know that the kitchen is flex­i­ble. In­de­ci­sive? Ri­cotta gnoc­chi, or pa­pardelle with boar ragout, or truf­fled tagli­olini with duck con­fit—you can have a lit­tle of each. Of course, there is del­i­cate veal pi­catta al limone, and a halfchicken flat­tened by a brick as it cooks, but the rack of lamb is still my favourite main course on the menu.

At Carisma, the folly is that you are over­taken by gas­tro­nomic lust and order too much food. Waste not­want not, they are happy to pack it up to-go.

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