Generally, if you end up eating at a supper club, you’re there to save yourself the hassle of moving to another venue for bottle service. You don’t usually have very high hopes with respect to the quality of the food. All that is about to change. Enter Buonanotte, making waves with their new chef Marco Bertoldini, and boy did he wow us.
We were invited to try out their new summer menu and we could not be more thrilled to share it with all of you. In sum, it was spectacular. The ingredients were fresh and exploding with flavour, all while keeping up with market availability. That means that the summer menu is full of dishes with ingredients that are in season right now. Hello, delicious!
Their salumi platter was out of this world, with slices of succulent prosciutto, porchetta, and sausage, to name a few of the delicious morsels. Garnished with olives and thick chunks of parmigiano, the dish was made even better with pieces of thick country bread topped with one of our faves: lardo. It just melts in your mouth, and we couldn’t care less that it’s basically just fat. It’s delicious fat!
Then came the pizzas. Ridiculous. One was better than the next, and they just kept coming. The salty and meaty smoked prosciutto sat on creamy mozarella di buffala with added heirloom tomato sauce (how can we go back to regular tomato sauce? We just can’t!) ($21). It was fresh and a tastier version of the classic. The next pizza had asparagus, lardo (again, we were singing!), heirloom tomato sauce, and crotonese cheese ($18). We can only describe this dish as summer in your mouth.
The final pizza had their homemade mortadella with arugula, parmigiano, and a balsamic reduction drizzled on top ($16). Again, we were wowed. Everything, down to the expertly cut salumi, was perfection. Because carrots are in season, the next dish highlighted the often under-appreciated veggie. A heirloom carrot salad with pea shoots and buffalo yogurt ($14) had us seeing carrots in a whole new light.
We also enjoyed their tomato tartare ($13) with confit tomatoes, cucumber, pickled shallots, and fried cacciocavallo. If you like cheese, you can imagine how mind-blowing fried cheese is. Pair that with garden fresh tomatoes that are positively singing, and you’ll be one happy camper. The final dish that we must rave about was their carrot agnolotti (en vedette!) with hazelnuts, asparagus, tarragon, and aged balsamic ($22). Homemade pasta stuffed with the creamiest and most delicious carrots is the perfect reminder of the essence of Italian cooking: simplicity is best. If you can make simple and fresh ingredients sing a happy song and dance, then you’ve done good. More than good: you’ve made people happy! Happy tummies = happy people.
If you’re still skeptical about a supper club making your taste buds this ecstatic, we can only implore you to try it for yourself. If you’re not into the club scene, go on a Thursday night this summer, sit on their beautiful terrace, and enjoy people watching (the best form of entertainment) with your incredible meal.
3518 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2X 2V2
Photos by Montreall.com’s Dahlia Merlo (@dahllii)