I went to Zucca Trattoria last week and enjoyed the experience. (For those who have read my past reviews and are starting to doubt my impartiality, I rarely post negative reviews of poor dinners unless I think that people should know to avoid the place because of inexcusably bad service or food).
I started with the grilled polenta, prosciutto, and parmesan. The polenta had just the right amount of char, giving it that smoky flavour without tasting burnt. The prosciutto was nice and thinly sliced, while the parmesan shavings were big enough to occupy a decent portion of the palette. The accompanying balsamic reduction had just enough sweetness to offset the saltiness of the ham and the parmesan. This was a success in my mind, but I think a little bit of mache (mosh) or watercress would have improived the dish by adding a little bit of peppery bitterness.
My dining companion had the fennel and citrus (orange) salad. She seemed to like it, and the little bit that she left me was good. There was a suprising amount of garlic to it, which I didn't mind at all.
For the entree, I had the orrechietti with vegetable and sausage ragu. I found the pasta slightly undercooked, even for my al dente taste. I like it with a good bit of bite left, but there was a hint of floury taste remaining. The sauce was really flavourful. The pieces of sausage were perfectly cooked, small enough not to require a knife, (which I hate when being served pasta), and generous enough to satisfy. My negative comment here wasn't meant to indicate that I didn't enjoy this dish.
My companion had the seafood pasta which she finished before I could request a taste. I take this to mean that she enjoyed it.
Neither of the dessert options sounded that appealing to me, but I had the apple crustata (sp?) with ginger ice cream anyway because I hate to turn down food. I was expecting pie a la mode, which my visual first impression confirmed, so I was really surprised by the subtle apple taste which was well matched with the sweet ginger ice cream. Definitely a highlight for someone who prefers savoury to sweet.
We shared a half litre of Ontario Sauvignon Blanc to go with the meal. I'm sorry, but I couldn't tell you the price as I was treated. I return the favour at Nami tomorrow, for which I can't wait. I have eaten there before, and enjoyed it so much that I was willing to overlook the teriyaki main course option which I found unispired to say the least. I will post my thoughts post consumption.