After a week of being sick and completing last-minute transcript orders before the holidays, I was finally able to emerge and enjoy food at a brand new restaurant! 😀 I had been wanting to try this restaurant with two friends for a holiday dinner but due to me being sick, I wasn’t able to visit Novita Italian Cuisine until later on the weekend at which time Ken and I had a full day of food adventures before arriving at Novita Italian at 7:30 p.m for dinner. There were a lot of people here and the entire restaurant felt very festive with numerous tables of family or friends gathering for dinner.
Novita Italian Cuisine serves Italian food and they had a great range of appetizers, salads, soups, sandwiches, pizzas, pastas, and main entrées to choose from.
Since we had already been eating the entire day, all I wanted were some veggies (lol). I ordered the Grilled Vegetable platter and shared that with Ken’s Fusilli Alla Salsiccia.
First, we were served some complimentary bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The balsamic vinegar and olive oil concoction had chili pepper flakes in it which I had never experienced before. The bread was just okay and the chili pepper flakes didn’t actually spice up the dip too much.
The Grilled Vegetable appetizer platter had an assortment of portobello, zucchini, red pepper, eggplant, artichoke, and asparagus, with a spread of goat cheese. It was really nicely assembled and looked like colourful artwork. I really enjoyed this appetizer since it was refreshing, healthy, and tasty. I especially liked the goat cheese with the zucchini, red pepper, and artichoke.
The Fusilli Alla Salsiccia pasta dish contained spicy Italian sausage, red pepper, and onion in tomato sauce. This dish went so well with the parmesan cheese scattered all over it and there was no shortage to the cheese for a better flavour. I liked the fusilli in this dish. The spicy Italian sausage was indeed slightly spicy and quite good but I found it to be a little too spicy for my throat which was still healing up from the week before.
All in all, it was a great first visit to Novita Italian Cuisine and I could see why so many people were dining here for their good food and atmosphere. From overhearing the server speak to another table, they have only been in business for about a year and a half. (This restaurant used to be called Fire & Ice Grill.) I wouldn’t mind returning here for more Italian food!