If you long for the fabulous'ness of the original La Collina (remember pizza and pasta nights at the original Cedar Hill location?) - then you'll want to head out for breakfast or lunch at Mosi. It's run by the same family.
Their Italian roots are authentic - there's a photo on the wall of the owner's grandmother....
...and she's standing in front of her store in Italy.
|The original Mosi.....in Italy|
The breakfast menu (available 8-11:30am) has lovely Italian offerings (Eggs Milano, Italian toast) and some classic brunch ones (eggs, bacon & toast). On our first visit (where I forgot to take pictures), I had the Eggs Firenze with soft poached eggs on a portobello mushroom, spinach & romesco sauce, served with shredded hash browns (it was so good, I was sad when I took the last bite).
But here's what I did manage to snap with my camera:
Eggs Milano - an eggs benny with smoked salmon, capers and sliced onions, topped with hollandaise. And a Breakfast in a Bun - a fried egg (still slightly runny - yay), bacon, provolone and romanesco sauce served in a soft focaccia bun.
...and a classic breakfast - the MOSI Country breakfast - 2 eggs, bacon or sausage, toast & hasbrowns. Below are the same - but one diner at our table asked for fried tomatoes vs the toast (and we all helped ourselves to some, because they were delicious!)
and on special when we were there for a Mother's Day brunch - a crab benny of sorts (with scrambled eggs, crab and asparagus,topped with a cream crab sauce, on focaccia). Yet another cleaned plate afterwards.
Mosi's is a fabulous find - delectable baked treats, satisfying breakfasts &lunches...and gelato! I have not had theirs yet (always been too full from the meal) - but the flavours sound great - and the gelato is kept covered, in pails in the freezer. There's also a small freezer with some pints available (and occasionally gelato sandwiches too!).
MOSI Bakery, Cafe & Gelateria
5303 West Saanich Rd (near Propect Lake Rd)
Sunday brunch 9am-2:30pm (coffee & gelato available until 3:30pm)
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