Restaurant: Primo & Secondo
Restaurant type: Italian, pasta, meats
*Prices: $13-$19 entrées, $24-$60 mains, $11-13 desserts
Date: Wednesday September 11th 2019
Table of: 2
My favorite dishes: porcini risotto + budino
Last month, I had the pleasure of trying Primo & Secondo as their guest! Primo & Secondo is a fancy and authentic Italian restaurant, located in Montreal’s Little Italy. They serve high quality products and all of their dishes are made with care. Every week, their menu showcases different entrées, pastas, fishes, meats and desserts, so something new for you to discover every week! Here are the dishes we had the pleasure of trying:
- Burrata, barbabietola & pomodori: burrata cheese, fresh beets and cherry tomatoes
- Prosciutto, fichi & ruchetta: prosciutto, fresh figs and arugula salad
- Fiori di zucca: fried zucchini flowers, stuffed with fior di latte cheese and smoked mozzarella
- Risotto ai porcini con olio di tartufo: porcini mushroom risotto with white truffle oil
- Grilled veal chop on the bone with roasted potatoes, marinated red peppers and sautéed spinach
- Budino, gelato, banana: oven-baked brioché bread (French toast style) with pistachio gelato and glazed banana
- Masciarelli Trebbiano d’Abruzzo 2018
- Masciarelli Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2016
We enjoyed a very nice Italian meal at Primo & Secondo, with that homey yet sophisticated feel to it. Dishes were beautifully plated and presented, while still conserving that homemade-by-an-Italian-nonna feel to them. Of course, my favorite was the pasta dish. Primo & Secondo’s porcini risotto is one of the best I’ve ever had and definitely better than the basic mushroom risotto that I make (need to buy some truffle oil hehe). It was super rich both in flavour and texture, creamy, yet not overly heavy. The arborio rice was cooked to a perfect al dente and overall, it was an excellent dish; I would come back just for the risotto.
I also really liked the budino dessert, which was something I’d never had before and had never seen on a menu before either. Its hard to describe it, but it reminded me a lot of like a thick-cut French toast, but nicely seasoned and with some cinnamon. Topped with some pistachio gelato and accompanied by some glazed bananas, it was a delicious dessert full of flavours.
I enjoyed all of the other dishes as well: the super fresh burrata salad, the delicious prosicutto and fresh figs, the cheesy stuffed zucchini flowers, the nicely cooked veal chop and the classic tiramisu. My white wine was the perfect match for my meal, as was my cousin’s glass of red wine.
If you are looking for a fancy yet authentic Italian dining experience in Little Italy, then I highly recommend Primo & Secondo. Whether you’re more of a pasta person or a meat person, you’re bound to find a dish you’ll enjoy. I definitely look forward to going back for that delicious risotto!!
*This restaurant post does not contain my usual restaurant review criteria of restaurants, as this is a sponsored post where I was invited to the restaurant as a guest.
*All photos and comments are mine
*Prices may vary as Primo & Secondo’s menu changes on a weekly basis