If you’re looking for some Italian eats, consider Del Posto Italian Kitchen. Located on 107th St and Jasper Ave, this quaint restaurant opened up a few months ago and they have a menu full of Italian favourites. I’ve seen a few spots come and go in this space but I’m hoping that the owners of Del Posto get a chance to stick around for a bit. Starting a new business can have its challenges but starting a new business during a pandemic? It’s definitely not an easy task! I think we can all agree it’s a bit of an odd time. So if you have a chance, stop by Del Posto to support a local business and enjoy a filling meal with great service.
BTW: Del Posto is also available for delivery through various delivery partners and they currently offer a discount for front line health workers.
I was invited to Del Posto for a compensated meal in exchange for a review/blog post. The owner, Arun, was very generous and let me try a variety of dishes so that I could share my experience and pictures with you. Despite this, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Del Posto’s interior is a mix of casual and upscale. It’s definitely a contending spot for both a quick lunch or dinner date. Their menu offers a variety of Italian dishes that are fairly affordable, given the portion sizes, so you can enjoy a good meal in a welcoming environment without a super hefty bill. There’s definitely a few dishes that I loved more than others but overall, I’d say that there’s something for everyone at Del Posto.
To start off, I tried a few of their appetizers, namely their Bruschetta ($9.95), Arrancini ($11.95), Cozze Alle Verde ($16.95), and a Classic Caesar ($11.95). Of all these starters, I was most impressed with the bruschetta. The crostini was toasted well and I enjoyed the sweetness of the balsamic glaze with the tomatoes, mozza, and basil. Their arrancini was not bad but I found there was a lack of depth to the flavours and felt underwhelmed by the dish after a few bites. The Cozze Alle Verde features mussels served with a white wine cream sauce. The sauce had strong lemon hints and would be a dish I’d recommend it if you really love mussels. Although quite simple, the caesar salad was enjoyable and refreshing. After all the carbs I started out with, it was nice to enjoy a good salad!
Moving onto main dishes…. The Tre Formaggio ($13.95) pizza was unfortunately not one of my favourites. I felt the flavours were pretty identical to the bruschetta, except with the strong and overpowering hints of parmigiano cheese which was not super enjoyable for me. The crust itself was not too bad, a bit more bread-like than I prefer but if I were to order pizza again, I’d likely opt for a different option next time.
For pasta dishes, we tried the Penne Con Pollo e Pancetta ($`17.95) and the Linguini Salsiccia ($17.95). Between the two, I preferred the penne over the linguini. The penne had a rich cream sauce and was super delicious! It was definitely one of my favourite dishes of the night. The linguini, on the other hand, was a bit too dry for my liking and I didn’t really enjoy how there was broccoli in the pasta, but I’m sure that could be easily switched.
I also tried the Manzo ($29.95), a well-seared flat iron steak that was paired with pearl onion gravy, mashed potatoes and some veggies. I find that steak can be a hit or miss at most restaurants but Del Posto does a great job! The steak was cooked perfectly and the mashed potatoes were so creamy. This was also my first time trying pearl onions, which were quite good. I was also pleasantly surprised by their Agnello ($35.95), lamb loin chops that were served with a cabernet apricot glaze, mashed potatoes and veggies. As a personal preference, I rarely order lamb but I would definitely recommend the lamb chops here. The chops were tender and seasoned very well. The apricot glaze was a bit sweet at first but it complimented the meat nicely. Both steak and lamb dishes were quite similar in terms of plating so you can’t go wrong with either.
And lastly, while I didn’t have room for dessert… I can confirm their martinis were stellar! I really enjoyed the Blue Sea Martini ($10), a concoction of vodka, blue curacao, lime mix and pineapple juice, as well as the Tropical Martini ($10), made with malibu rum, banana liqueur, pineapple & cranberry juice. Both drinks were definitely more on the sweet side, but that’s right up my alley. I am curious to see how there other cocktails are. During times like this where it’s cold and we can’t travel so much, it reminded me of being on vacation – felt nice to dream for a few minutes lol.
Given my experience, I’d say treat yourself to the “fancier” dishes on their dinner menu because they’d definitely be worth it! Like I said earlier though, there’s definitely something for everyone here. If you’re looking for a restaurant with a relaxing atmosphere, friendly service, and a menu with a variety of Italian eats, keep Del Posto in mind! Thank you so much to Arun for inviting me for a meal.
Del Posto Italian Kitchen
10056 107 St, Edmonton