A couple weeks ago I was invited to dine at Trento and share my experience. I’m always up for some casual Italian and found their mostly gluten-free offerings interesting. I started with a red sangria while I perused the menu. It was icy cold and not too sweet, just the way I like it.
The focaccia was served with a smooth eggplant caponata, which was sweetened with raisins.
Next up were the PEI Mussels, and they were unlike any others I’ve ever had. Steamed in white wine with mint pesto, these were so fresh and bright. My favorite dish of the night. The portion is large and would be satisfying all on its own for dinner. We sopped up the minty broth with thick, crusty bread.
Next, they brought out an antipasta covered with meats, cheeses and pickled vegetables. It would be more than enough for a large group to share.
Next was a simple Caprese Salad, that beautiful classic that delights everyone. Fresh basil, ripe tomatoes, lush mozzarella drizzled with a hint of good olive oil. What more do you need?
Following, was a rich gnocchi that was topped with slow roasted pork, peas, oyster mushrooms, and parmigiano. I’ve never had gnocchi dressed this way. It was so hearty. Comfort food! All the pastas at Trento are made from scratch.
For a tasty side, Trento brought out their brussels sprouts, which again, were unlike any I’ve ever tasted. Topped with pecorino, bacon, and apple, they were crispy, salty, and sweet. I may add apple to my own version of spicy sprouts at home. It provided a nice crunchy contrast.
Our final savory dish was a halibut special and it was fresh and light…but dieters beware the mountain of delicious crispy potatoes underneath. The generous portion of fish had a lovely citrusy broth underneath and the veggies tied it all together. Halibut is one of my favorite fishes and this take was very nice. If you find yourself at Trento on a night where they are serving halibut as a special, order the halibut.
A few bites of a chocolate dessert (whose name I can’t recall) was a sweet ending to a sweet evening. The service was attentive and friendly, with our knowledgeable server describing each dish accurately and pointing out her own favorite items. The decor was casual, clean and welcoming. Suitably dark.
I will certainly be returning for happy hour, which is Monday through Friday, 3 to 7. I’ll definitely be ordering the mussels!