Nutmeg has a beef with Calgary’s weather, in a nutshell it sucks. For many years now she has heard all the noise about “Chinooks”….” shorts weather in February”… “it never lasts”… “you can golf in all four seasons”!! Bottom line the weather is unpredictable and only “died in the wool” Calgarians like Ginger really embrace the constantly changing environment. The great thing about Calgary, is when the weather does cooperate and that rare, yet fantastic Summer night appears – a restaurant patio is a must! There are patios everywhere to try and take advancement of the rare moments. One of the Calgary gems is the well protected and well heated (over-head heaters and out-door fireplaces) patio at Bonterra Trattoria.
Earlier this week lucky Nutmeg was treated to dinner by CardaMOM and Montreal Steak Spice at Bonterra Trattoria. It was way too cold for the patio, at barely 8 degrees Celsius, so we huddled in the very warm and cosy wine room. The restaurant had valiantly set the tables on the patio and it looked lovely, however it was too cold so there were no takers.
Both Nutmeg and CardaMOM tried the mixed greens with poached pear, it was a nice fresh mix, although heavily laced with garlic. Then we followed with the daily special of roasted Halibut on green beans with almonds and romesco sauce. It was delicious and beautifully presented. Montreal Steak Spice had 6 of the tiniest oysters followed by the Caesar salad with chorizo sausage, the presentation was a bit “rustic”.
Bonterra Trattoria continues to deliver on fresh creative food. Although the main focus is Italian there are obviously influences from Spain with the romesco sauce and chorizo. So Nutmeg’s word of advise on that one rare perfect Summer evening, rush over to Bonterra Trattoria, take advantage of the great patio and indulge in the fresh creations. You can also read about it in Fast Forward this week.
Is it patio weather in Calgary yet?
Nutmeg says NO and has retreated to Palm Desert to try and wait it out :-). Chances are good thought that she will be on the Bonterra Patio for the one night of Summer.
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