Restaurant Review: Novo Pizzeria & Wine Bar

Failing in our first attempt to visit Novo Pizzeria, we went back, and planned ahead.

Knowing that this place gets a lot of business from patrons of the Fifth Avenue Cinemas, I checked the show times and we arranged to reserve a table for when most of the shows were starting.  Success.

The room/ambiance of Novo is upscale casual.  Lots of black and cream colors, all the staff are in black, with warm lighting.  It’s noisy from conversation, but not loud enough to require shouting (thank goodness).

We ordered two starters, first was the

golden beet salad (with almonds, cranberries, goat cheese and blackberry vinaigrette).  The salad was supposed to come with hazelnuts (rather than almonds and dried cranberries), but the kitchen ran out, so they asked if this substitution was acceptable.  We approved, and it turned out pretty well.  The salad was crisp and fresh, with a slight saltiness of the goat cheese, the sweetness of the dried cranberries and the roasted golden beets, and both sweet and tartness of the blackberry vinaigrette.

Followed by

Sicilian meatballs.  These meatballs are tender, delicious.  The meatballs have pine nuts and currants, but I didn’t notice the currants.

And we split the

pizza verdura cotta.  This pizza was fairly good.  The crust is a little firmer than an authentic” Neapolitan pizza, but that’s okay with me.  The fiori di latte (cow’s milk mozzarella) was smooth and creamy, the peppers, artichokes and onions were nicely roasted, and the goat cheese added some needed saltiness.  I only say the pizza was fairly good, because it tasted like it needed more saltiness.  The fiori di latte, while smooth and creamy, doesn’t have much flavour.

The service was exemplary: prompt, attentive, very friendly and helpful.

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