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"Terroni, Adelaide" update - Still ho-hum to good Italian fare. Hits and misses balancing each other out!

Charles Yu | Feb 10, 201901:37 PM     6

After accompanying my son downtown to run some personal errands, our party of four decided to stay behind in the core and grab something decent to eat. Being a Saturday evening, finding a place without reservation can be a tough challenge. We ended up at the massive Terroni on Adelaide.

Food we ordered ranges from average to good. As such, its not worth my spending too much time on a full and detailed review.

However, I did want to highlight a couple of stand-out dishes. First, the really authentic tasting and delicious 'Tagliatelle Bolognese Ragu', which IMO can rub shoulder with New York's 1* Babbo version. The Grilled Oyster Mushroom and Arugula salad, with smokey funghi and a really delicate and nicely balanced lemon and Balsamic dressing was most enjoyable.

Sadly, other dishes were just so-so! The Zuppa di Pesce at $29 was a major disappointment. Bland, lacking in depth and containing quite a few unopened bi-valves. At half the price, uptown's 'Shiso-Tree' version, with a broth infused with prawns and lobster shell essence, was far more complex and superior tasting!
Fried Calamari was grease-less but unseasoned. No table salt was provided?!
Our Pizza Margarita was so-so. OK sauce + OK crust = Just OK! We should have skipped the pizza and head over to 'North of Brooklyn' for our pizza fix instead!

Service was a bit stretched but staff still managed to maintain a friendly and smiling front.

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