I love Italian food- the more authentic, the better. Casa Sasso, Kelowna's newest Italian restaurant, serves up great Italian cuisine from the Rome and Naples regions. Quoting my friend Neil (see below, second visit): "Casa Sasso offers great food, at reasonable prices- perfect!"
The atmosphere is warm, the decor inviting, with a Mediterranean "feel": white tables and chairs, light blue walls, a well stocked bar, a comfortable waiting area... it's bright, crisp and clean.
|Crispy chips with Parmesan cheese|
|Spinaci al burro-|
a great appetizer.
There were seven of us on my second visit. Lots of opportunities to order a greater variety of dishes and they did not disappoint. We ordered a tasting plate of antipasto. It was a hit! Four varieties of bruschetta: eggplant caponata in a rich sweet and sour tomato sauce; sweet peppers with herbs, capers, olives and garlic; creamy blue cheese and walnuts; and lastly, the more familiar tomato and basil. All of them delicious! There were also carbonara muffins, pasta and creamy carbonara with pancetta cooked in a muffin tin- just like Gabriella's mom made at home. The sixth piece was the suppli at telefono- a risotto croquette stuffed with mozzarella cheese, breaded and fried. A traditional Italian appie well worth sampling. "Al telefono" refers to the melted cheese string that appears when you take your first bite.
Everyone ordered pasta as their main course: Carbonara, puttanesca and the pasta of the day, shrimp and zucchini. We all loved our dish, and our neighbours', as we shared forkfulls around the table. Did anyone miss the extra ladles of sauce normally served à la North America? Not one bit, or is that bite?
Chef/owner, Gabriella Sasso prepares all her dishes to order, just the way she enjoyed them in Rome and Naples. Well worth waiting a few extra minutes. The prices are reasonable, pasta dishes range from $9 to $11 and meat dishes $14. Vegetarian and gluten free dishes are readily available.
Casa Sasso is located at 426A Bernard Ave, between Pandosy and Ellis.