There’s an Italian restaurant in Oakville that I always pass by but have never dined at before. It’s a little restaurant called Ritorno. Its location is a quaint one – slightly hidden in a shopping plaza complex.
Upon entering, you get this home-y, Italian comfort atmosphere. There’s a wall filled with photo frames. I didn’t take a photo of it though but I am sure you can find some online. There was also a huge pepper grinder and cheese grater that you will definitely notice.
As with most Italian restaurants, bread and olive dip were complimentary with our meal. I wasn’t too fond of the bread – it was over seasoned that it ruined the natural bread flavour.
Prior to arriving, I had just eaten my lunch, so I didn’t want to order a big meal and was looking for something simple. I ended up ordering the Linguine Alfredo ($18). It is made with egg yolk, served in a creamy Parmesan sauce, and topped with parsley. I had the option of adding a meat or veggies but because I had just eaten lunch, I opted to order the dish as is.
Just by mixing the linguine noodles, I could tell they were freshly made. They were the right thickness and chewiness that I prefer my pasta noodles to be. The creamy Parmesan sauce wasn’t too oily and it was slightly thicker than most Alfredo pastas I’ve had. However, I was disappointed by the sauce. It didn’t have much flavour, even when I had more Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top, and it wasn’t enough to mix within the pasta noodles. It did taste good, but it just needed a touch more of flavour.
My sister and her husband ordered the Nonna’s Six Layer Lasagna ($21) and the Spaghetti & Meatballs ($19), respectively. They both liked their dishes, so I’m assuming those options are good.
I’m not sure if I’d ever go back, but if I do, I will remember not to eat prior to arriving so I can fully enjoy my meal. And while the menu is on the pricier end, the pasta is freshly made and that’s a big plus in my books for Italian places.
If you want a classic Italian experience, I would try this place out. And if you do try it out, let me know what you think.
Until next eat!