It was Jenkins’ birthday recently and since I was in charge of choosing the restaurant, I decided to go to Nook. It had been on my list for quite a while since my co-worker recommended it to me. After that, it seemed like I was hearing about Nook from a bunch of people, several of whom told me about their delicious pizzas. I tried to make reservations but found out that they did not accept them. However, when we arrived at about 7:30PM on a Sunday night, we only had to wait about 10 minutes, which wasn’t bad.
After we settled in, we ordered some San Pellegrino to buy ourselves some more time to peruse the menu.
To get the maximum amount of variety without eating too much, Jenkins and I decided to order a few items to share. First came one of the crostini of the day, which was a gorgonzola, walnut, and mushroom crostini. The gorgonzola was not too overwhelming and provided a nice sharp taste to the walnut and mushroom. The bread was still crispy and the whole thing was drizzled in a healthy amount of olive oil. I really enjoyed this crostini, which had familiar flavours but also tasted very original at the same time.
Next came our pasta selection, which was the orecchiette with Italian sausage, fennel, rapini, and chilis. I found the pasta to be well prepared but the combination of the ingredients just wasn’t my thing. The flavour of the chilis was quite mild and there were only a few pieces of the Italian sausage but the flavour of the fennel was very strong in the pasta. I guess if you are a fan of fennel, this would definitely be your thing.
I had heard from several sources that the pizza at Nook was one of their best menu items. Jenkins and I decided to order the prosciutto pizza, which came with arugula and roasted garlic. The pizza crust was perfectly prepared and crispy and there was just the right amount of toppings. The prosciutto was top notch and the roasted garlic was divine. I couldn’t stop raving about the pizza and even Jenkins, who is super picky when it comes to his pizza, declared it to be the best he’s had other than in Italy.
The next time I’m at Nook, I think I’ll probably stick with the pizza and crostini because those were my favourite dishes. However, I also heard afterwards that their spaghetti with meatballs is a popular item and is usually sold out before the evening is over. If that’s the case, I suppose I’ll need to try that too. The atmosphere at Nook is cozy and comfortable and it’s obvious that the food is created with care. They also have an open kitchen so you can watch the chefs tossing your pizza dough before the put the whole thing in the oven. I should also note that the desserts looked pretty interesting but since Jenkins and I had birthday cake waiting at home, we had to pass this time around.
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