This week Mike and I finally went to the Tasty Tomato Italian Eatery (14233 Stony Plain Rd)! I have been wanting to try out this place for a long time now. I’m pretty sure it’s been a visit four years in the making, ever since I passed it all the time when I drove back and forth on Stony Plain Rd. every day when I was in the journalism program at MacEwan’s west end campus.
It always looked kind of dingy from the road, but a quick Google search (and subsequent questioning people on Twitter) showed that it was a really nice, recommended, local/family-run Italian restaurant.
It’s a small place that filled up pretty quickly after Mike and I arrived shortly after 7 p.m. Our server was very friendly. We sat near a window and close to where an old Italian man was hanging around just rummaging through stuff. I assume he was the owner of the place. He reminded me a lot of my dad at our restaurant actually :)
It’s a one page, simple and only okay-priced menu. The average price for a dish was $15 while the most expensive dish was $22. Bread was free and came with an oil/vinaigrette sauce to dip in. (I’m not really a fan of vinaigrette so I just ate the bread plain, which was still good). We were offered a second batch of bread which we happily ate up and we were hoping to get a third bread-refill to dip in our pasta but we were never offered a third refill (sad face lol).
Mike ordered the Lasagne Fatta In Casa that included “layers of homemade noodles with meat sauce,a mixture of cheeses and beef” ($14.95). He didn’t really enjoy it. He says he’s had better lasagne (one of our favourite spots is Chianti’s. He prefers their lasagne. He also prefers the homemade lasagne that I make!) He didn’t really think it was worth the $15.
I ordered the Linguine Monte Carlo which had “strips of chicken breast, fresh mushrooms and sundried tomatoes in a white rosee sauce” ($17.95). I thought it was delicious! :) But I’ve had “delicious” at other Italian restaurants. I don’t think anything about this dish particularly set it apart from dishes I’ve had elsewhere.
I do love that the Tasty Tomato is family-run and local – that’s always a good thing to support. But Mike wasn’t overly impressed and I’m pretty cheap so if we can get a good, cheap pasta fix elsewhere (which we can… hello $10 Chianti Monday/Tuesday specials!) – then we will.
The Tasty Tomato has a nice atmosphere, the food came out quickly and our server was really nice but I can’t say if we’ll be back anytime soon. Other people have told me lunch there is really great (and probably cheaper), so I’d more likely come back for a lunch date over a dinner date. It’s pretty standard Italian food at slightly pricier rates.
I would recommend it if you’re looking to try some place new and local that will deliver a decent meal – but be warned it won’t blow you away.
So have you been to the Tasty Tomato? What did you think!?