Nove Trattoria is a nice little family-owned Midtown restaurant located near St. Clair Station. After recently moving away from Little Italy, I needed to find a new go-to Italian restaurant, and by George, I think I found it.
There are many Italian restaurants out there in the world (Italy included) that try to pack their menu with pizzas and pastas with no rhyme or rhythm. Here, they have the kind of well-edited menu that even Gordon Ramsay would approve of. While there is certainly a broad enough selection to accommodate different dietary preferences, there is nothing on the menu that is inconsistent or overreaching.
After starting with a nice standard beef carpaccio (12), Brandon ordered the potato gnocchi in a bolognese sauce with smoked scarmoza cheese (13.50), while I (after thorough deliberation) went for the fettucine della nonna (15) with grilled chicken, porcini mushrooms and spinach, served in a cream sauce. Both dishes were fantastic. The only minor problem I had was that the cream sauce, while delicious, was very, very heavy. Then again, my grandmother would have probably put the same amount on too!
- Whole wheat and gluten-free pastas available for $1.50 extra
- Great family restaurant-feel
- Great service
- Delicious, fresh pasta
- Well-lit interior
- A bit heavy-handed with the cream sauce
- Bread was fine, but definitely not the best I've ever had
- Small restaurant (but not necessarily a bad thing)
Final Note: They have the kind of children's artwork on the wall that makes you feel at home (if you have that kind of home) and the kind of charming wait staff who are at once slick enough to make you feel like you're in Italy and approachable enough to remind you that there might be a Jays game to catch later. If it weren't kinda my job to try different restaurants all the time, I would be back here every other week, easily.