Is it terrible to say that my favorite part about Tiramisu Bistro is the wall? Reading this makes me feel more satisfied than even their stellar pasta dishes, it's akin to buying Vogue instead of food (as I so often did on my university budget). Tiramisu Bistro is an absolute must, one of the darling locales adding a much-needed reason to ditch Jasper Avenue and head to 124th Street. The ambiance is casual and quite the opposite of stuffy. They have live music on Friday nights and is arguably one of the only places in Edmonton I will venture to order a pasta dish (the other is Cafe Amore). After six trips to Italy and six years with an Italian significant other, I now consider myself a bit of a pasta snob. Massi has a firm belief that there is never a good excuse for ordering pasta at a restaurant, especially in Canada, because it is always too expensive and not up to par. You would think mastering such a simple carb would be well...simple. But believe me, many have failed. A pasta must not be over/under-cooked, over/under-salted, over/under-sauced; a fine balance must be achieved in this trifecta. So if you find yourself in this city, craving an awesome spaghetti con frutti di mare, this is your place. I greatly appreciated having real shrimp in my dish, the kind that take more than one bite to finish and that do not taste like the freezer. Tip: only order this dish if your boyfriend is also ordering it too or if your aim is to keep away vampires during the night- the garlic is extraordinary and I mean that in the best way possible.
Other honorable mentions: the Bellini presentation and our heavenly Chocolate Cherry Cake that we "reserved" before even ordering our main course (there was only one slice left, what's a girl to do?).
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Jasmine is a former pharmacist turned writer and wine drinker from Alberta, Canada living "the sweet life" in Bergamo, Italy.
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