We shared the Parma ham with Fior di latte and crisp focaccia. The focaccia turned out to be more of the flatbread (no complaints here!) paired with some thinly sliced ham that had a nice sweetness that paired well with slices of Fior di latte (translation: fresh cow’s milk mozzerella) dusted with a touch of white pepper and a drizzle of olive oil. And if you’re thinking – “this is so simple and delicious, I can totally make this at home!” – this is encouraged by the staff as you can just mosey over to the Italian Market and pick up whatever ingredients for whatever Italian culinary creation you dream of creating (or recreating!)... the only thing that kept me from running over next door to pick some up was the next course on the table lol!
My boyfriend gave the gnocchi with prawns and pesto a whirl. The gnocchi was probably the closest to homemade gnocchi I’ve had in a while – it was just shy of the ethereal cloudlike texture we love as it was made with a slight al dente give to it. It was tossed in a slightly spicy tomato based pesto – a nice change to the usual basil-garlic- nuts-olive oil renditions. The pesto was subtle and could have used a deeper depth of flavor as once you bit into the succulent savory crisp prawns, the prawns unfortunately completely eclipsed the gnocchi that then tasted bland in comparison.
We were completely charmed (we’re easily amused ok?) by this cute parmasean cheese container.. shaped to look like, well, a wheel of parm! Turns out you can pick this up from the original Italian Market location, and not the one next door (as the original location is larger and can carry more stock). And for parm lovers – the bowl is left at your table, so you can load up with real, pungent parm to your hearts desire. (and chili flakes too lol!)
I had the special as my entrée: Lamb chops in olive oil, jus with garlic vegetables and mashed potatoes. The lamb was mildly gamey, but cooked to an tender melt in your mouth rare.
And for dessert, we were pretty full, but had to make room for the Tiramisu. And what an amazing tiramisu it was! A creamy super indulgent lightly sweetened mascarpone cream cheese layer nearly an inch thick crowns a layer of crumbled espresso soaked lady fingers with just a hint of liquor resting on top of another layer of mascarpone cream cheese amazingness. Its dusted lightly with dark cocoa powder and plated with a little chocolate stick and raspberry? coulis decorative swirls. The tiramisu is super rich and an indulgent end to our meal… we had to sit and digest for a while in a food coma before we could roll out the door lol!
Warm welcoming staff, simple yet well made Italian fare and amazing tiramisu any discerning Italian nonna (grandma) would approve of makes Massimo a go to for authentic Italian!
Massimo’s Cucina Italiana
Address 5012-104A St. Edmonton, AB T6H0K5
Phone (780) 439-4869
Hours Lunch 11:30am-2pm, Dinner 5:30pm-9pm Closed Sundays and Mondays
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