Restaurants Reviews and Such

Little Maria’s, Edmonton Street

Little Maria’s is now closed. There is a new restaurant there, called This Little Place, and from what I gather the menu is very similar to the old menu at Little Maria’s
It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve posted. My schedule has been very full and I haven’t found many new places. Yesterday, though I paid another visit to Little Maria’s Porchetta & Meatballs on Edmonton Street.
If you’ve read the About Page, you know one of the important things for this blog is the matter of eating together. One of the side benefits of that practice is learning about new restaurants. This is really helpful in Winnipeg, where the population to restaurant ratio is about six to one, or so it seems. I first heard of Little Maria’s through my friend Terry who’s part of the Saturday night service that I attend at St. Margaret’s (check out their new website. It was designed by Don Betts.

Little Maria's Sign
Sign on the wall of the restaurant.
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I digress. It took me a while to find Little Maria’s after I first heard about it. It’s tucked away just off of Broadway on the street level floor of a highrise. When I first walked it, I felt a little nostalgic. The tables and chairs made me think of Eat Bistro in Aqua Books. I spent many an hour in Eat and walking into Little Maria’s made me miss it all over again.

My first visit I tried the Porchetta. The portion was more than substantial and there was plenty of meat included. The order came with roast potatoes. The restaurant was still fairly new when I went the first time and on top of what I ordered, the owner who was working as chef and order taker when I went topped up my order with a side of the spinach with garlic(I don’t have the exact dish name). I did find the pork a little drier than I like, but it is also exceptionally lean. The spinach would definitely be the highlight for me on this occasion.

Little Maria's Sign
The Porchetta from Little Maria’s

Little Maria’s For Lunch

Yesterday, my friend and People’s Warden Andy, took me to lunch (thanks Andy). This time around I had the Porchetta and Bean Soup and a side order of bread with spicy eggplant dipping sauce. Both the soup and the bread were very substantial in size. Particularly the bread. I was expecting three of four decent sized pieces and what I got was an entire baguette style loaf. I’m not sure the picture does justice to how much bread there was. The dipping sauce, which you can see peeking out behind the basket was more zesty than spicy, but very enjoyable.

Little Maria Soup
Porchetta and Bean Soup

The soup on the other hand had a little bit of kick to it. That of course, is a little bit of kick as far as I’m concerned, so many people would find it reasonably, or more, spicy. Despite being called Porchetta & Bean, beans were the least present ingredient in the soup. I’m not complaining, just stating a fact. There was lots of Porchetta, Cheese, Red Pepper and Green Peas. Again the serving size was very large.

Little Maria Bread
A delightful side order of bread.

My friend Andy had the Meatball Sandwich. It too was very large. I don’t have a picture of it, but if your can imagine that basket of bread being made into a sandwich stuffed, and I mean stuffed with meatballs and sauce, you’ll have an idea of what I’m talking about. Warning: If you order the Meatball Sandwich, Andy says the filling is roughly the temperature of the interior of the Sun.
If you’re looking for a nice pleasant spot just off the of the hustle and bustle of Broadway check out Little Maria’s. Just remember to bring a healthy appetite. The name may be Little Maria’s but the portions are anything but.

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.