Bonterra Trattoria in the outdoor garden

I took my wife here for part 2 of our 5th wedding anniversary.  One of my foodie friends @thisiserwin highly suggested we come here for our special night.  Located on 8th St and 10th Ave SW with parking in the back, lies this amazing Italian restaurant.  I had a few places reserved because I wasn’t sure where to go and I can tell you I am so happy I listened to experience this fantastic place.

We came early around 5:30pm, you can make reservations at Bonterra but to sit in their absolutely beautiful covered garden patio with high walls is first come first serve.  The atmosphere of this garden patio takes you away from a back alley, parking lot, Calgary, Canada and etc, I really felt like I was somewhere different and special.  I’ve never been to Italy but I’m hoping this is what it’s like.

The service here is excellent, very attentive and personable.  It’s nice to come to a place where they can help with what to order, recommendations and super friendly.

We started off with a couple appetizers, the Fresh Oysters, Insalata Cato (Caesar Salad w/grapes) and a cheese and tomato salad.  The oysters were nice and fresh, the toppings for it was interesting, a different twist, good but not my absolute favourite.  The salads were beautiful, fresh and delicious.

Our mains consisted of Pesto Gnocci and a Clams Fettuccine.  Both were so good, it’s even hard to describe.  The Clams Fettuccine I must stand up right now and give a standing ovation.  I even kept a piece of bread just so I can wipe up all the flavours after I was done the plate.  I could eat this dish everyday.  It made me love clams again.  I’ve always liked them but I ate so many as a kid, I’ve never really appreciated them again till now.

The two desserts we had but they were some of the nicest, freshest and lightest desserts we’ve had in a long time, one was a mascarpone cheese with berries dessert and the other was a pistachio panna cotta.  The berries were fresh and perfectly ripe.  All the flavours of both desserts were outstanding.  You can see the pics of them below.

This restaurant is somewhat kid friendly, I dont’ think they have a dedicated menu for kids but I did see many children here even a fresh new born.

Fresh OystersFresh Oysters

Tomato SaladTomato Salad

Insalata CatoInsalata Cato

Clams LinguineClams Fettuccine

Pesto GnocciPesto Gnocci

Berries and MascarponeBerries and Mascarpone

Pistachio Panna CottaPistachio Panna Cotta

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Author: YYC's Best Eats

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  1. I have eaten here more than once and I have never been disappointed.

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  2. this is a great little hidden gem! While they don’t have a dedicated kids menu, they are very accommodating with making smaller portions and modifying menu items.

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