Reviews and Such Restaurants

Buccacino’s – Osborne Village

Last week was the second time in a row I connected with the Why Cook Wednesday’s Supper Club. The week before we had been in Osborne Village at Carlo’s and Murphy. This time we met at Buccacino’s.

Buccacinos beer and cheese mussels.
The Beer and Cheese Mussels. One of Several varieties available at Buccacinos

Buccacino’s is a traditional Italian restaurant. I think there was something else in that location many years ago, but my memory fails me. The restaurant is large and spacious. When we arrived there were not a lot of people in the restaurant. We were seated in a corner that allowed us a view of one side of dining area, and a window view of Osborne.  Our server came and took our drink orders quite quickly. Wednesday night is wine special night. I ordered the Malbec.

The service during the evening was generally quite good. The one bit of a letdown was that we had to wait a little long for the original order taking. Wednesday is also mussels night (it’s now Sunday’s),I decided to order a half order of the Birra e formaggio! mussels. Sandra, one the other diners wanted to order the same thing. I decided to switch to the Curry di Cocco! We tried a couple off of each other’s plates, and I must say I was glad to have made the switch. While the beer and cheese mussels were quite tasty, I thought the subtly seasoned green Thai Curry sauce really shone through.

Buccacino's Thai mussels
My choice for the evening. the Thai Green Curry mussels.

Buccacino’s Entrees:

Buccacino’s is a medium high restaurant are far as it’s pricing goes. However, they do offer Monday and Tuesday night pasta deals, along with such things as the Wednesday half price mussels. There are also a variety of drink specials during the week. For an entree I went with Ravioli di Picante.

Buccacino's ravioli
A very enjoyable Ravioli Entree.

The portion was generous. The ravioli was well made. it was beautifully thin, yet still managed to be al dente when served. There was a good filling to pastry ratio. The filling could have used a touch more seasoning, but the sauce, like the mussel sauce was well but not overly seasoned. The vegetable added a natural sweetness that went well with the savoury character of the dish.
Presentation at Buccacino’s is well done throughout. I don’t have pictures of the other meals, but the salads stood out for their appearance. One of the salads contained blackened chicken, which was described as being spicy but not so much as to make it hard to enjoy.
At the end of the meal I decided I would order some dessert. I don’t eat dessert very often, but every once in a while I want something sweet to finish things off. I ordered the Cannoli Fico. The fig and marscapone filling was quite good, but I found the pastry to be rather hard.
I topped the whole thing off with a cup of coffee. In keeping with being an Italian restaurant, the coffee was good, dark and robust.
Buccacino’s is a good place to go dining as a group or to take a special someone. Despite the size, there is still room to be off to the side and enjoy pleasant conversation. Of course the fact that I got to enjoy the restaurant with the group of friends that comprises the Why Cook Wednesday Supper Club, made it all the more enjoyable.

By Donald McKenzie

Anglican priest, and food blogger. This blog is focused on Food. It will feature reviews of places to eat books, and the odd recipe. I also write about what it means to gather together around food.