Greggy and I grabbed a few bites at the new Nadege boutique in Summerhill and scooted over to Bar Centrale on a rainy Sunday afternoon to nibble and enjoy a latte. We had to wait about 30 minutes for the menu to switch over from brunch to their lunch offerings. I had heard about this new Terroni’s outfit last summer and had been eager to check it out for some time. To be honest I was a bit shocked by how small the space was (compared to the other restaurants in the Terroni’s family this is the smallest). I have visited Terroni’s on Queenmany times, always delightful memories. Bar Centrale really is a cute little addition to the Summerhill and Rosedale bar and food scene. They also have a spacious patio that would be a delight to sit at during the spring and summer months.
To be honest I was a little underwhelmed by the items we ordered. The fried mozzarella and arancini were served with undressed mixed greens. Both could have used some sort of dip, even honey. Bland and unimaginative. Table 17 does the fried rice ball thing much better. Obika had a far better fried platter which included buffalo mozzarella. The N’duja crostini was well prepared but just ended up being something I really don’t have a heart for. The meals saving grace was the fettucini. Terroni’s makes all of their pasta in house with fresh eggs so I knew we had to order up one of their creations. I loved how the dish was served in a little copper dish with a lid. Voila grand opening! A beautiful harmony of flavours with artichoke, mint and pecorino cheese. I wouldn’t return to Bar Centrale for a meal. It would be a great place to grab a drink and share some nibbles just try and stick to their pasta dishes. It’s what they do best.
Arancini di Modica
Fried Rice cones filled with Veal Ragu’, Mozzarella & Peas
Mozzarella di Bufala
Fried Mozzarella di Bufala
Homemade N’duja, Smoked Buffalo Ricotta & Caramelized Onions
Homemade Fettuccine with Guanciale, Artichoke, Mint & Pecorino