Restaurant Diaries: Nova Ristorante 

 

Nova Ristorante – 2272 Lawrence Ave. East, Scarborough, ON | 416.751.1200

A couple of weeks ago was mine and Dev’s 4 year wedding anniversary and he convinced me to go out for dinner to celebrate the occasion. Still battling vertigo, I was reluctant but he insisted and convinced me that we’ll finally get to try out the recently opened Nova Ristorante, I’ve been dying to try. Thankfully I agreed because it was such a delightful experience.  
Sweet Potato Fries and Spicy Mayonnaise
 

We began our evening with sweet potato fries served with a mildly spicy mayonnaise, Shrimp Fra Diavolo and a side of Italian bread. The fries were absolutely delicious and perfectly crispy, as fries should be. Shrimp Fra Diavolo was savoury and complimented the bread. Had it been slightly spicy, it would’ve been extraordinaire. But nonetheless, it was delicious!  

Shrimp Fra Diavolo – jumbo tiger shrimp in a tomato based chilli sauce
 

For the main course, I choose to try the Penne Areabiata. It was the perfect blend of ingredients, including penne tossed with a onion, tomato and red chillies sauce, sprinkled with Parmesan. It was one of the best pastas I’ve had in a really long time. The chicken was beautifully grilled and seasoned to perfection, while the tomato based sauces lingered on the tongue and really hit the spot. 

Penne Arrabiata – served with grilled chicken
 

Dev loves pesto and decided to order the Winter Pesto Ravioli. Sadly for him, the pesto was bland and watery. The ravioli was over-cooked and mushy. What a disappointment after all the great food we had just eaten. After adding tons of salt, pepper and Parmesan, it still failed to satisfy our tastebuds.  

Winter Pesto Ravioli – garlic and mashed potato ravioli in a parsely pesto sauce
 

Besides the Pesto Ravioli, our meal was delightful and the experience left me craving to come back again to try out the rest of the menu. Our waitress was helpful and informative and even offered to get Dev something else. But he insisted on trying to enjoy his ravioli. The restaurant’s casually, chic decor made for a perfect date-night and Dev and I have decided to come back and try it again. My overall rating for this new, little nook, 4/5!

Want to see more amazing pics of Nova Ristorante’s meals before visiting? Check out their Instagram page @novaristorante or visit their website at www.novaristorante.ca

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Waiting On Results

As you all know, I’ve been battling with vertigo over the past couple of months. I’ve done numerous medical tests and will finally get all the results on Monday. I’m a bit nervous as to what the results will be. One part of me hopes there’s nothing serious but the other part of me hopes that something was found in my tests and can be fixed. I just hate going through a bunch of tests just to find out that there was nothing in my blood/X-ray or whatever. 

The last time I got sick with fever and pain over two years ago, all the tests came back normal and my family doctor ended up telling me that my illness was a result of my depression. Basically, in not so many words, he said it was all in my head and physically there was nothing wrong with me. 

Could that possibly be true? I was severely depressed at the time. Could I have been so depressed that my mind made me sick? What if that were the same this time? But I’m not depressed these days. Of course I have an off day here and there, but I’m not (thank goodness) depressed like I was six months ago or a year ago. 

I hope it’s not all in my head. Because I don’t know how to stop or cure it. Vertigo is not a nice thing to have and if my own mind is playing games with me and causing this vertigo, then how will I stop it? I hope my test results come back with some indication of something being wrong so that the ENT Specialist can help me resolve whatever’s wrong with my body. 

Will check back in on Monday after my doctor’s appointment and let you guys know how it went. Until then, have a great weekend and stay healthy!