|11am - 11pm|
|Room 202, Unit 6, New Yulin City Apartment, 82 East Fangcao St. |
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Susan Johnson (more chengdu)|
Casa Maria is a newly-opened Italian restaurant near Yulin Middle School where MORE was pleased to be hosted recently. The guard at the apartment complex waved us in the right direction, but we still had to find our way into the parking garage and find the right door and right staircase to get in. Any effort spent in finding the place pays off, because we also found in their dishes impressive standards of quality of ingredients and authentic flavours.
We started off with a few appetizers, which included Beef Carpaccio, nicely seasoned and topped with arugula and parmesan cheese. We were impressed with how the arugula complemented the raw beef slices. A Caprese Salad made with real buffalo mozzarella followed, though the tomatoes were a little pale. Cantaloupe-wrapped prosciutto followed. They grow some of their own herbs and produce on the patio, so we are looking forward to stopping in during the warmer seasons. We tried their house-made spicy Italian sausage, which packed quite a kick. When the pasta course arrived, we dug into a spaghetti and pesto made with fresh basil and pine nuts, a dish so popular the table got another order. A pasta carbonara was another worthy fork twirler. The lasagna bolognese had several layers of pasta but the filling was more like a sauce for noodles.
Sicilian pizza with garlic, olives, and capers is one style of pie we don't run into every day, especially with these bitter ingredients, but it was done very well. The thin-crust pizza, topped with Parma ham and gorgonzola was full of assertive flavours. The crust was thin, crisp, and held up well under the toppings. For dessert we tried a panna cotta, which melted in our mouths. To cap off the dinner, glasses of limoncello and grappa were served. The wine list has a few decent Italian bottles starting in the low three figures and going up from there. They also pour wine by the glass though it is not mentioned on the menu. Guests can expect a check of between 100 and 200 yuan per person. Reservations are highly recommended.