Urban Foodie Review: Natalino

This evening my daughter and I discovered a charming and cozy family restaurant on the lakeshore named Natalino.

Natalino, which was surely named after the chef Natale, has been cooking up Italian food for over thirty years in their historic and beautiful building. The terrace is filled with flowers and diners can relax to the soothing sound of authentic Italian music, making it the perfect place to finally sit down and start the weekend off right.

We started things off with some lovely appetizers: diced tomato bruschetta with gorgonzola cheese, as well as crab and shrimp with a side of fresh avocado. They were absolutely delicious and a great beginning to what ended up being a pretty epic meal. We also enjoyed some fried calamari, which was cooked to perfection (which is no easy feat!).  

Natalino also had sumptuous wine choices on their menu, which is not something that is offered everywhere these days.

The star of the main dishes for us had to be the creamy and delicious gigi pasta. There is something about gigi sauce for me, and I feel that this sauce might visit me in my dreams until the next time I return. For dessert, their classic homemade tiramisu was the final heavenly taste needed to finish off a wonderful meal. 

I was equally impressed with Natalino’s attentive and friendly service. In fact, the entire staff seemed happy and more than willing to make all of their guests feel welcome. After all, isn't great service an important part of the overall dining experience? It made a big impact on us and our meal there.

I am looking forward to my next visit to Natalino when I will definitely try a veal dish as well as another fresh and delicious pasta dish.

Walking back to the car, we were once again impressed when we noticed a veggie garden right in the back of the restaurant - this is where Natale grows his own crops to serve only the freshest of ingredients to his customers.

See you soon Natalino!

Natalino

365 Lakeshore Drive

514-631-5952

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