Earlier last week a delicious feast of new menu items happened at Notturno Paninoteca in Gastown. I was lucky enough to be invited over to photography the new items they have added to the menu and since I photographed the last menu they’ve added some delicious new small plate dishes.
The Meatballs in a rich red wine tomato sauce with fresh mozzarella were awesome. They use a blend of meat that includes veal and pork which I like a lot. The sauce has a nice balance of flavors that compliment the meatballs. To round out the plate and add some richness is the fresh mozzarella, it added a nice creaminess and worked great with the acidic note of the tomato sauce.
Next up is something that was one of my favorites of the day, New Potatoes in a Creamy Gorgonzola Founduta and sprinkled with Crispy Prosciutto. The warm potatoes soaked up the Gorgonzola founduta but the cheese wasn’t overpowering and the crispy prosciutto added a great salty note along with some crunch.
Something that is a staple of small plate dining and go great with a glass of wine are the Warm Stuffed Olives. Notturno combines roasted garlic, Parmesan, fresh herbs in a nice little cast iron dishes that keep the olives nice and warm.
The mini Calzones are stuffed with spicy sausage, mushrooms and ricotta and served with a garlicky Parmesan aioli. When I bit into these I was struck with the prefect amount of filling to dough ratio. The filling a bit of spice from the sausage but it’s subtle and the mushrooms were finely minced so while there were no chunks you still could taste the earthiness from them.
The classic Caprese Salad made with tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil and arugula is a steal at $7. This is one of my favorite salads around and Notturno didn’t disappoint. The salad is all about the ingredients, the tomatoes were nice and fresh, the cheese was creamy and the basil and peppery arugula added the herbaceous note while the balsamic added a slight sweetness.
Blu Fico Brushette’s with blue cheese, balsamic glazed figs, black olives, walnuts and greens were another favorite of mine. The balsamic glazed figs were sweet with a slight tang, combined with the blue cheese aioli and earthy walnuts. These are everything great with the panini but in a delicious bruschette form.
Lastly from the Bruschette bar is the Prosciutto Brushette’s with tomato confit and Parmesan shavings was another winner. The tomato confit was a great addition to cut the richness of the prosciutto and the pesto on the plate added a slight herb punch.
One thing that is a great accompaniment to Notturno’s $5 Wine Wednesday deal is one of their killer Cheese Plate and Charcuterie Plate that come with a variety of cheeses and cured meats with condiments, these are market priced so please check with them for current info.
At the end of the day I had some more great food from Notturno Paninoteca and had an amazing time photographing all this good food-the new additions to the menu are delicious. If you’re looking for something a bit different to what’s available in Gastown I’d highly suggest a visit to Notturno, as of this post they are now only open evenings from Monday-Saturday.