I was having a craving for pasta (because who doesn’t?) and decided to check out Zefferelli’s after hearing on the Internet that they apparently serve the dish in – and these are the two key words here – large portions. Yes, these are the two most important words for me when it comes to a restaurant. *sigh*. Anyways, I went to Zefferelli’s for lunch today, where I had their Tortellini Gorgonzola. The dish was served with a complimentary side of freshly toasted bread & tomato sauce.
Complimentary Bread & Tomato Sauce:
The bread was freshly toasted, with a nice, crusty exterior. The interior was soft and a bit doughy, almost as if it was undercooked (which is, of course, not the case). I was initially put off a bit by the texture, but I did warm up to it more. I personally didn’t really care for the tomato sauce however; it was cold and just tasted like, well, tomatoes. I suggest saving the bread for mopping up the sauces from the pastas instead.
Tortellini Gorgonzola ($21):
This consisted of tortellini served with a bacon and cream sauce. The pasta was cooked al dente, meaning that it was on the firmer side. Personally, I would have preferred my pasta to be a bit more tender, but I can’t fault them for it as that’s supposed to be the correct preparation and I didn’t make any specific requests for it to be more done. I couldn’t really tell what the stuffing inside the tortellini was; from the description on the menu I thought that it was cheese, but it actually tasted a bit starchy to me and didn’t have too much flavour. The sauce was creamy but not too heavy or rich, and was filled with a generous amount of bacon and onions. I did find the dish to be a bit on the bland side; I would have liked a little more seasoning. Portion-wise, I didn’t actually find it to be particularly large, as some reviewers have described. It was still fairlyg enerous though, and I was actually comfortably full afterwards.
While the food at Zefferelli’s didn’t really blow me away, it was still quite enjoyable and (most importantly) actually filled me up. The service was also very good; I had a French gentleman (which was a bit odd seeing that this is an Italian joint, but whatever), who was very friendly and called me “mademoiselle” (one of the few French words that I still remember from highschool). The price, for the type of restaurant, is also very reasonable. I highly recommend checking this place out.