Located on King Street between Peter and John, Paese (@PaeseRistorante) has recently launched a late night meatball menu. To celebrate, I attended their “Messy Meatball Monday” party last week.
Paese’s philosophy is “Inspired in Italy, Made in Canada.” Using traditional Italian techniques, they’ve created a modern menu here. The man behind the reigns is Chris Palik (@ChefPalik), the executive chef of the L-eat Group.
Here’s a look at their new offerings, starting with The Ducé – aka the meatball Caesar. It’s a new drink on their spring cocktail menu made with a delicious San Marzano tomato sauce and topped with a big, juicy meatball.
Falafel Ball – chickpea and fava bean falafel, pickled cucumber, cured tomatoes and green goddess crema. A great option for vegetarians!
Pepperoni Arancini Ball – house smoked mozzarella, salsa verde and chili mayo
Paese Meatball – house ground beef short rib, sirloin, brisket and pecorino, braised in tomato sugo
Veal Meatball – house ground veal, pork and ricotta with sweet peas, cipollini onions, braised in milk
Chicken Wing Meatball – spicy pepperoncini chicken meatballs with gorgonzola dipping sauce
Balls on Buns – smashed balls, tomato sugo, dill pickles, potato chips and provolone on brioche mini buns
Meatball Margherita – mozzarella, basil, tomato sauce and meatballs
The margherita pizza was topped with a large meatball which was smashed right at our table!
Polenta Patatine Frites – crisp polenta fries with roasted garlic aioli and smoked ketchup
Paese has certainly created an extensive menu of meatballs. My favourites were the veal and chicken wing meatballs but there’s definitely something for everyone here. They’re open until midnight 7 days a week so if you ever find yourself in need of a late night bite, check ‘em out!
*This was a complimentary meal. The opinions in the post are my own.*