Last night, a few of us gathered for dinner at Scarolie’s, a very popular Italian restaurant in the West Island. This rustic family friendly eatery was dimly lit and packed with people loudly chatting and eating the night away. While waiting for a table, I thought about how terrible all mainstream Italian restaurants are, and wondered how this one would measure up.
Shortly after being seated, our waiter brought us a warm baguette which we ate with some olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette, and our menu. It was so extensive it took us a really long time to decide what to order. At last, my friends settled for the Penne Arrabiata and Vegetable Lasagna, and I had the Pappardelle al Pollo e Fungi. My dish consisted of wide and flat pasta generously coated with a creamy white wine sauce infused with garlic, large pieces of roasted chicken, wild mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes. With a little extra grated Parmesan cheese and pepper, I was ready to dig it. The sauce was rich, the chicken was tender, the mushrooms added an earthy tone, and the tomatoes were sweet and tart. I was surprised at how good it tasted; I definitely wasn’t expecting it.
I will say that it was difficult to drown out all the noise, and that our waiter was really annoying – I don’t care that it’s busy and you need to clear space. Settle down, stop rushing us and let us enjoy our meal. If it weren’t for those two factors, the experience would have been a whole lot better. But, in terms of food, I can easily understand why Scarolie’s is all the rage. It was very appetizing and I definitely got my money’s worth.
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