By: Sharman Yarnell – mtltimes.ca
A lazy summer afternoon on the terrace or a grey day with the sound of raindrops on the window…either is right for a meal at Il Fornetto.
The restaurant is perched opposite a stretch of green and the Lachine canal. It boasts a front and side terrace along with a narrow balcony stretching the length of the establishment on the second floor, over-looking the water, so there are plenty of outdoor options. If you choose to sit inside, the windows onto the view open fully, so not much is missed. Inside, the restaurant is equally appealing with a pizza oven in the dining room at the back so as not to obscure the beautiful view.
I have dined there many times but the last time, took a couple who had never been before – it’s always a good feeling to come away knowing that your choice was right and that the restaurant has gained two more clients. Not that Il Fornetto needs that! The dinner hour is usually packed and lunch time always has people enjoying a meal on one of the terraces. Needless to say…reservations are a must.
I have to say that I am partial to the Margharita pizza – especially at lunchtime. That and a glass of white wine or rose is just the thing for an afternoon repast. There is plenty on the menu for the vegetarian to choose from. The menu is pure Italian from pasta, pizza and risotto to the traditional meat and fish dishes. With the pasta you have the option to go for a half portion at 2$ less.
The night we were there, our guests chose the giant shrimps with white wine, garlic, anchovies & tomato sauceine, garlic, anchovies & tomato sauce.
Scaloppine Di Vitello Ai Funghi Shiitake, veal scaloppini with shiitake mushrooms in a cognac & pepper corn sauce. (Vegetarians…a warning that the menu is a little heavy veal dishes.)
I chose the Penne Arrabiata, a simple but divine dish with a spicy tomato sauce. I delight in spicy sauces! And simplicity is always the way to go for me when deciding on a meal out. (I also prefer a pasta that is easy to eat – thus, penne is usually my choice.)
The pastas at Il Fornetto are eclectic and to die for – and many serve the taste of the vegetarian palate. Fedelini Primavera, tomato sauce, seasonal vegetables, garlic & olive oil, is simple but delicious. Another of my favourites is Linguine Al Pesto with a slathering of pine nuts, parmigiano cheese & basil sauce – or perhaps, Linguine Ortobosco with a delicate touch of garlic, olive oil, white wine, sun-dried tomatoes and shiitake mushrooms!
I have to admit that my favourite time at Il Fornetto is lunch time – and even more so when the visit is happenstance. Driving along the lakeshore and stopping in on the spur of the moment is something to be treasured.
At Il Fornetto, the service, the food and the view all make for an excellent dining experience!
1900, boul. St-Joseph, Lachine,
Quebec, H8S 2N5, Canada