by Rhonda Massad
I am happy to announce Maurizio is back permanently on St. Charles in Kirkland. For those of you with long memories Maurizio, master of Italian dishes, has returned after doing a stint at a second location in Montreal.
“With all the construction in the city, it was time to come home,” Kirkland resident Maurizio told the West Island Blog.
If you are looking for mouth-watering authentic pasta dishes, you no longer have to travel to get it. The restaurant is relaxed, and the prices are reasonable. The food is delicious and there is always as daily lunch special priced around $9.95 and breakfast special priced at $5.95.
I enjoyed a beautiful Caprese salad piled high with mozzarella cheese, vine-ripe tomatoes, and fresh basil. Anything with fresh basil turns me inside out. All that drizzled with extra virgin olive oil, coarse salt, and pepper. What’s not to love?
My main was pasta primavera. Done in its classic form, which is believed to be invented by the chefs at Le Cirque restaurant in New York City in the late 1970s, Primavera is a riot of vegetation doused in butter, cream and lots of parmesan cheese. Again a huge hit with me.
Maurizio does a classic Pizza Rustica which had a fluffy homemade crust that Dan enjoyed. The delicious sauce topped with cheese, prosciutto and again the with the basil, had me begging for a taste.
The restaurant also prides itself on a few Portuguese dishes such as Piri Piri chicken served with french fries and salad for $14.95. I tried the Natas for dessert. These little pastry cups of custard might just be the perfect dessert. The pastry dough is flaky and buttery, and the custard is rich and smooth. I am still thinking about them. I will have to go back to try the homemade cannolis; I hear they are the bomb.
Maurizio gets a thumbs up from me!!
Gluten Information: This restaurant offers Gluten Free dishes upon request.