Graffiti’s Italian Eatery & Saloon
101 Kanata Ave.
Signature Dish: Tuscani Portofolio ($25)
Dinner for two with wine: $70
Graffiti’s is a popular spot to stop at on the way to a Sens game.
Some dishes scored, but others didn’t.
One of the brighter parts of the meal was a round loaf of bread filled with marinated eggplant and parmesan.
As well, the Trio of Bruschetta ($8) was delicious with a selection of garlicky toppings to slather on the crostini.
The Tuscani Portofolio ($25), a seared chicken supreme served with a sweet fig and mushroom ragout, was executed well.
And the veal in the Ossobucco Milanaise ($28) was tasty and so tender that it fell off the bone.
While these mains succeeded, the accompaniments didn’t.
The black truffle risotto promised with the Ossobucco was missing the truffle and the rice was undercooked.
The starch of the day, a baked potato with lemon sour cream and chives, came unadorned and dry except for three plastic butter tubs.
Unfortunately, we found some main dishes we’d avoid, including the Spaghetti with “Bigga” Meatballs ($15).
The pasta was toothsome but the sauce bland.
And the Seafood Linguini with Pesto ($20) left a puddle of olive oil at the bottom of the bowl.
The meal ended on a sweet note.
The Apple Pouch ($8) was filled with a tasty apple compote and served with rich vanilla ice cream.
You can have a satisfactory meal at Graffiti’s, but don’t expect to be dazzled.
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