Reviewed March 5, 2004   »   |     

Café Nervosa

75 Yorkville Ave. - Bellair & Yorkville, Toronto, Canada
Ravioli | homemade stuffed with ricotta cheese and spinach in tomato sauce and basil, $16.95. The ravioli needed more tomato sauce to liven up the dry ricotta, basil and spinach filling. Portions were below average, presentation non-existent. Even the individual homemade raviolis were not stuffed very well, and the pasta was undercooked. Below average entree.

Halibut | pesto walnut crusted with a lemon caper sauce, $21.95. The highlight of the secondi was that it was relatively decent portioned. The sauce was very thin, not nearly enough to make up for what turned out to be a firm but untender fish. The pesto walnut crust, which made the halibut sound good, did not come as advertised. Garnished with potatoes and vegetables. Presentation non-existent. Below average secondi.

Pecoraio Pizza | crisp arugula, goat cheese, roasted peppers, and prosciutto on flatbread, $13.95. Was it a salad, or was it a pizza? Basically dough sprinkled with cheese, with a green salad thrown on top, covered by 4 thin slices of proscuitto. The proscuitto gave it a more salty taste, but the meat seemed not quite fresh. Completely unimpressive pizza entree, which was disappointing because Nervosa is supposed to be famous for its pizzas.

Conclusion: Terrible value. Taste was below average for Southern-Italian cuisine. We also had some trouble with the bill, as we couldn't figure out why we ended up so short - for a party of 6, they added 15% tip, which is fine, but the tip was added AFTER taxes, which explained why it was more than expected. Service was average in terms of mannerisms but well below average in terms of attention to our table. Ambience saves the dining experience a little bit - comfortable candlelight, albeit a bit cramped. Complimentary bread was average, with self-serve olive oil. If you're in the mood to splurge, try the pear-nectar: potent shot from Italy and very palette cleansing, but expensive at $2.50. Metered street parking or a paid parking lot. I think it goes without saying, I would not return to this restaurant.


out of 5.0


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