Padella's bright red door greets you on the outside....
|Padella's welcoming red door|
...leading to cozy sections on the inside with a mix of tables and comfortable booths.
This post covers two recent dinners there - both of which were started the way every good Italian meal should - with a glass of Prosecco! Conveniently on tap at Padella. Well twist my braccio in gomma.
To accompany your bubbly sipping and menu reading - a basket of freshly baked, warm focaccia is dropped at your table.
|Freshly baked (and warm) focaccia|
The menu changes constantly at Padella - as is the case with good restaurants reflecting what's fresh & available.
We started off the meals with calamari salad and arancini. The calamari was delicious! It was incredibly fresh tasting and tender, lightly marinated and served with chickpeas & edible flowers.
The arancini was also delicious - deep fried risotto & smoked mozzarella balls with marinara sauce. Um, you had me at risotto....
And onto the entrees - first up is the Finocchio Gnocchi. Handmade gnocchi with spicy sausage, fennel and tomatoes. Delicious, soft gnocchi and a nice bite to the sausage - great dish.
|Gnocchi with spicy sausage & fennel|
Next up is the fish of the day - snapper. Perfectly prepared (still moist), stacked on crisp green beans and half new potatoes.
|Fish of the day (snapper)|
And the final entree - lamb meatballs in a fresh tomato sauce served with polenta and kale (although the sides do change up a bit at the restaurant).
We had enough room to split a chocolate panacotta for dessert. Silky smooth and topped with a chocolate curl and decadent tasting amarena cherries. The cherries were so delicious, when offered the chance to buy a jar, we did (and the container is beautiful as well - a definite keeper).
|Chocolate panacotta with amarena cherries|
A sweet ending to a lovely meal.
If you are lucky enough to live around Estevan - how wonderful to have such a delightful restaurant in your backyard. If you don't live in the 'hood - head there - you won't be disappointed.
Padella Italian Bistro
2524 Estevan Ave
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