Since there hasn't been any mention of Halifax on here since early September, I thought I would add a quick review of Da Maurizio, often considered one of Halifax's best restaurants.
I was lucky enough to be invited to dinner there last week. It remains, in my opinion, THE place to go in Halifax for fine dining and great food.
I started with tiger shrimp wrapped in prosciutto, finished with a maderia sauce. Fabulous, if a bit rich. We were all ordering 3 courses, so I followed that up with a wild mushroom risotto, which was supurb, albeit filling. At this point I barely had enough room left for a cup of coffee, much less a main, but I had to order so I decided to try what I thought was one of the lighter choices, seared scallops. They arrived -- 4 huge scallops, artfully arranged, with a dark (I believe port-based) sauce. Incredibly tasty, but again, very rich. Finished the meal with a decaf cappuccino and had some lovely Serego Alghieri red wine with the meal.
Everything was supurb, but my unfamiliarity with the menu led me to order things that were all a bit on the rich side. In retrospect I should have asked the staff for guidance on that. The service was very good, if a bit clinical -- our server was a somewhat formal fellow with a bit of almost a prussian air to him, but certainly very prompt and knowledgeable. Da Maurizio is not cheap -- menu prices for the 3 things I had totalled about $52, plus wine, coffee, taxes and tip -- but the experience is virtually flawless. Highly recommended.