Monday, April 11, 2011

Paliotti's - a hidden gem in Abbotsford

Paliotti's Italian Restaurant

33886 Essendene Ave, Abbotsford (map)

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Food: 3.5
Service: 3

Price: Fair


If I wanted to eat out at a new restaurant everyday for a year, I don't think it would be a problem. That is how many restaurants there are in Greater Vancouver, and also one of the reason why I love this place. So the question is why did I go all the way out to Abbotsford for Italian food. You see the restaurant I wanted to visit was Ah Beetz, a New York style pizzeria that a lot of bloggers were raving about, but unfortunately it did not open for lunch, so we had to to settle for something else.

I am so glad we decided check out Paliotti, because it's certainly a hidden gem to me. The restaurant was quite spacious with very nice vineyard like decor. It really did have a Italian feel to it. First up is the complimentary bread. These were slightly toasted with garlic butter, so they were soft and buttery with a mildly crunchy crust. Since I am not a fan of vinegar type dips, I ate the bread as is. R on the other hand thought the olive oil/vinegar dip was great.
Originally both R and I only intended to get pasta, until we noticed a section called Pizzetta right under appetizer. The first item was called Brushetta and it was only $4.95. With that price in mind, both R and I thought it would an appetizer portion, but we were so wrong. The crust was similar to flat bread, the outside was crispy, but the inside was airy and soft. I loved the garlic/extra virgin olive oil base with fresh tomatoes, and they were certainly generous with the cheese. If there is one thing you must try, this has to be it.
R ordered the Chicken Asiago Tordelli ($13.95). This was a whole wheat mushroom ravioli with roasted garlic, chicken, sun dried tomato, onion, and mushroom in a creamy Asiago sauce. Although the sauce was rich and creamy, but the strong flavor of the garlic masked the slight nutty taste from the Asiago cheese. On the other hand, the mushrooms flavor really shined through with the stuffed ravioli because it was so finely chopped.
I am usually the one to order cream sauce, but this time I chose a Rose sauce pasta instead: Linguine Club ($12.95). This pasta was loaded with lots of chicken, bacon, mushroom, onion and garlic (they really love garlic here). Although the pasta was al dente, and the rose sauce was delicious with a nice smokey bacon flavor, but I found it to be quite salty.

Service here was pretty standard, they were friendly and checked on us once in a while. Food here was solid, everything was good if not great. Ambiance was nice. So in a nut shell, I definitely recommend Paliotti's to anyone who is visiting Abbotsford. Heck, it might even be worth the drive if you don't live too far away.

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