Location: 499 Terry Fox Drive, Ottawa, ON
Another great find in Kanata! Definitely needed a break from the overload of pub food and it’s always great to eat a nicer meal once in awhile. The restaurant is quite cozy and dim which gave it a sense of warmth in this cold weather. The nostalgic pictures and paintings over the brick walls added a very classic and homey touch.
At around 6pm, the place was already bustling with customers. But we were seated promptly and offered the menu short after.
Feeling chilly from the snow, nothing like a bit of alcohol to warm you up before dinner. I absolutely love Sangria, and the Red Wine Sangria at Fratelli was sweet and refreshing. Lots of fruity flavors and not too overdone with the wine.
As an appetizer, we ordered the Mussels which were marinated in a tantalizing mix of tomato sauce, white wine, pancetta, and roasted garlic. The mussels were fresh and juicy and you popped them out of the shell. A very strong garlicy tomato flavor (I could drink the sauce like soup!) infused into every mussel. So rich and savory, luckily I had more mussels to come :)!
As a main I order the Zuppa di Pesce, which means “fish soup”. But when I say fish I don’t mean just a piece of fish, this should really be called “Seafood soup”. A combination of shrimps, scallops, clams, mussels, squid and salmon all in a rich roma tomato and white wine broth. Which tasted quite like the broth used in the Mussel appetizer, but with an addition of fresh herbs instead of garlic. I thought the seafood was quite fresh except for the scallops (my favorite seafood), which we not as juicy as I had hoped. But the amazing broth just kept me going back for more (completely cleaned my plate :))!
Definitely did not look like the generic lasagna you usually get in that block shape. This was a gourmet lasagna smothered in a rich tomato sauce. Could really taste the herbs blended into the sauce. Although they sprinkled an overwhelming amount of cheese on top, it really complimented the tomato flavor as it melted into the pasta. Which was cooked firm and really absorbed the flavors from the herbs.
For dessert, it was really hard to choose which dessert to go with. But had to for Fratelli’s infamous “Signature” dessert. A dense warm nutella cake topped with a creamy bacio gelato (chocolate/hazelnut flavor) and drizzled with English cream. An irresistible trio of sweetness!
Nothing not to like about Fratelli. It’s definitely one of the best restaurants in Kanata. So if you’re looking for some affordable fine dine in Kanata, this is the place to be. I actually think it’s a fair price for gourmet pastas and seafood. The Mussels are a MUST!