Over the years La Brezza have established themselves as one of, if not the classic Italian restaurant in Calgary. Put it this way, other restaurant owners eat here when they want a break from their own establishments. With an understated high quality interior, the focus is on the food, not the décor. A testament to their status was the stream of regulars that dropped by during our afternoon there.
La Brezza is renowned for their house-made focaccia and accompanying bruschetta. There is nowhere to hide in such a simple classic dish, and here their emphasis on using only the finest ingredients really shines through. Top quality olive oil and a small dash of jalapeños ensure you’ll come back for this one. Made frequently in small batches for freshness, we were tempted to place a second order to go.
The signature Calamari dish is simply divine. Lightly breaded, deep fried to crisp, tossed in a zesty tomato, garlic, lemon and chili sauce; cooked just right yielding tender and crispy calamari bringing out the seafood lover in everyone.
We took the opportunity to experience a classic, the Carbonara and were thoroughly impressed. As with most recipes of few ingredients, it’s the technique that binds all the magic together. Pancetta sautéed ’til crisp, onions, cream thickened in the pan, simple spices combined with the pasta, and at the right temperature the egg yolk is added and tossed. The pasta will actually cook the egg enough to give you a silky smooth sauce.
An all-star dish, the Veal Marsala is done exactly like mama used to make. This top quality dish calls for veal scaloppini, a super thin veal cutlet, lightly dredged then finished in a reduction of sweet Marsala wine, butter and raisins, giving it that depth of flavor and old world charm.
Not to be missed is a customer favourite, the Brezza. We chose the Pollo. A pan-roasted chicken breast, tender and juicy, is ladled with a reduction of smoky porcini mushroom stock, cream, white wine and thyme. It’s accompanied with pasta in a zesty tomato sauce and seasonal vegetables.
Almost all of the dishes are available gluten free.
It’s easy to see why La Brezza has been one of Calgary’s most popular Italian restaurant for almost 30 years!
• Fresh clams, mussels and calamari, herb tomato sauce, topped with a jumbo prawn
• Mama Angela’s layers of rich eggplant with basil and tomato sauce, mozzarella
• Rosemary and garlic grilled rack of lamb with a balsamic and Ripassa reduction