The Best Restaurants in Woodbridge
The best restaurants in Woodbridge, save for one, are Italian eateries. In fact, most of the restaurants in general have an Italian influence. But the best ones - the ones that started with the recipes and technique passed down from previous generations - have added their own twists and flair to make for one of the best restaurant selections around.
Here are the best restaurants in Woodbridge.
Writing by Stephanie Girardi. Photo via Vinsanto on Facebook.
A true hidden treasure and one of a kind, Memphis BBQ's modest-sized location on Islington just south of Willis defines the phrase "hole-in-the-wall." Here you'll find the most delicious smoked meat - fall-off-the-bone ribs, smoky pulled pork and saucy chicken wings. Their classic barbeque sides (crispy French fries, coleslaw, baked beans and cornbread), take you right to the American south. Don't forget to ask for more of their signature BBQ sauce!
Oca Nera offers one of Woodbridge's sophisticated dining experiences. The menu changes seasonally to offer the best in fine dining and often includes North American oysters and PEI lobster. Chef Corrado Giliberto isn't one to play by the rules - Asian influences are often incorporated in to classic Italian dishes. A feast not just for your taste buds, but for your eyes as well, each dish is served with Master Chef-level presentation. It's one of the most popular upscale hotspots in town, so be sure to make reservations before your night out.
Look no further for a classy dining experience. They make it all too easy to fill up on appetizers - their lightly breaded and fried crispy calamari are to-die for. I like to keep with the seafood theme and usually order their zuppa di pesce, or seafood soup. If you're not a fish fan, you can choose from one of 14 different pasta and risotto dishes or countless customizable pizza options. Truly stumped? Your well-informed server will have recommendations and substitutions to suggest.
In addition to the Italian classics, Autostrada goes the extra mile to break down specialities geographically, offering dishes influenced by different regions in Italy. The most interesting is the Firenze-Pisa pizza, which is topped with tomatoes, spinach, ricotta and a sunny-side egg. It's also one of the few restaurants that offers panna cotta for dessert - cooked and cooled cream, served with fresh berries.
Spicy shrimp and smoked salmon are just two of the delicious seafood antipasto options this family-run restaurant has to offer. Their gnocchi - hand-made by Anna Maria herself - are available in your choice of tomato, vodka or meat sauce, are a favourite. Those who frequent the homey eatery can't say enough about the excellent service. Everyone who walks through the door is treated, and fed, like family.
From the salads to brodo to the fish of the day, Bocconcino ensures you won't go home hungry. Their generous portions often leave enough to be taken home and enjoyed again. The intimate setting is perfect for a romantic night out. My favourite is the ravioli ai porcini - mushroom-stuffed ravioli. Yum!
The rustic antipasto dishes and fresh gnocchi with duck confit are among the favourites that keep locals coming back to this spot just south of "the wall" on Roytec Road. Following first-generation recipes, this second-generation run restaurant is just celebrating their eight anniversary. Their citrus-infused salmon is perfectly light and flaky while their pizzas are the perfect size for sharing.
All your favourite pizzas and pastas are available here. If you're feeling adventurous, you can start with fresh mussels in tomato sauce. Prefer to play it safe? You can have a hearty bowl of their savoury minestrone, especially to keep warm in the chillier months. But don't fill up too much - each of their generously portioned entrees comes with a side of vegetables and potatoes or pasta.
Don't be fooled by the name - Desserts Plus offers much more than just sugary sweets, though they do provide a delicious variety of those. Choose from 22 types of pizza, an exotic fish variety (swordfish, anyone?), or the classics - pasta, rice and steak. If you're feeling extra hungry, you can add a side of pasta or rapini to any of their entrees.
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