Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Politica: Casual Italian Cuisine on Strachan

Tucked away on a quiet corner at Strachan and Adelaide is Politica, owner Nick Dominelli's casual neighbourhood restaurant featuring modern Mediterranean and Italian cuisine from executive chef Adam Calzonetti. On a cool rainy evening, the restaurant was warm and welcoming with it's rich dark wood decor bathed in romantic candlelight and soft ambient lighting. Ever since opening its doors in 2006, Politica quickly gathered a dedicated following among locals and foodies alike, making it a popular lunch and dinner destination year round. Choose from appetizers such as Pan Seared Calamari, Oven-Baked Bruschetta or Spicy Mussels; pastas from Gnocchi, Rigatoni Bolgnese and Zuppa di Pesce; to pizzas like Caribana, Pesto Shrimp and Lamb Sausage; and a host of entrées including Rack of Australian Lamb, Eggplant Parmigiano and Grilled Lemon Butter Salmon; plus a small menu of decadent desserts and specialty coffees. Boasting one of the sunniest patios in the city during the summer, Politico also hosts live music on Sundays, which if you happen to be in the neighbourhood, is a lovely spot to enjoy lunch or dinner with good friends and a bottle or two of wine.

Executive Chef Adam Calzonetti of Politica

Politica's warm cozy and inviting interior

Politica's Italian-themed menu features pizza, pasta, salads, seafood and much more

A smart, abridged wine list keeps bottles in the twenties and thirties, 
such as this lovely 2012 Pinot Grigio Veneto “Paradiso”

A selection of fresh chewy bread arrives in a small handwoven basket

Olive oil, balsamic vinegar, shaved pecorino and fresh ground black pepper

'Politica's Brother' pizza with tomato, pesto and basil sauce, Italian sausage, red onion, mushrooms, roasted red peppers and goat cheese

Ravioli with sea scallops, asparagus, goat cheese, pesto and cream with grilled flatbread

Gnocchi with shaved romaine, fresh herbs, roasted garlic, vine ripened tomato topped with shaved asiago and a garlic olive oil

Zuppa di Pesce with linguine, tiger prawns, mussels, sea scallops, calamari and salmon in a tomato saffron broth with grilled flatbread