My family has a long history with the town of Stratford. I have spent a lot of time there, from childhood right up to current day. I even worked in Stratford for a spell. Yet somehow, after countless meals in town, I never managed to make it to Fellini’s until just the other day.
After placing our order, while waiting for the food to arrive, we were brought a basket of fresh bread. I was so hungry, and the bread was so perfectly fluffy, that I forgot to take a picture until I was on my last bite! I liked that the oils were presented separately so you can create your own mix to suit you. The balsamic was also sweeter than most, so I actually liked it a lot better than I normally do. To start our actual meal, we asked for a caesar salad to share. This salad was probably the best caesar I’ve had in a long time. It had that wonderful tang that is not always present in caesar dressings these days. And I’m sure you notice that I eat them quite often. The waitress was pleased to tell us that the dressing was made in house and that it did, indeed, contain anchovies – as any real caesar should!
Shortly after we finished our salad, our stuffed meatballs arrived! Their description is as follows: house-made meatballs of beef and pork stuffed with smoked provolone, roasted peppers, capocollo, seasoned with Porto marinara. These were so delicious. They were also quite sizable. All around us we could see people having their leftovers packaged to go, and it wasn’t necessarily because the servings were too large, it’s just that there’s so much on the menu that you just have to try! I’m sure I could’ve finished my meal had we not had the meatballs, but I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to come here and not get the meatballs. They were that good!
Next up for me was the inside out chicken parmigiana. In this case I think the photos tell you more than I will be able to. The plate was packed full and was delightfully colourful. I loved that the vegetables were not your typical pile of steamed broccoli, etc. Though they are not my favorite, the inclusion of a few chickpeas provided an interesting texture. The corn tasted like they had removed it from the cob themselves, and I would not be at all surprised if that was actually the case. I’m one of those people who, when the items are just right, likes to chop everything up and mix it all together before consuming it. This meal was perfect for that! It may have slightly ruined my ability to savour that stuffed chicken as much as I should have, but everything mixed together felt right for me, so I had to do it!
My mate went for the linguine carbonara, which had been my second choice. Of course I snagged a bite, and I was quite pleased with the decision I had made. I found that the bits of ham and bacon (which were large and aplenty!) gave it a smokey flavour that was too over the top for my liking. It was not to the point of being unpalatable, but I’m still glad I chose what I did.
When we both reached our halfway points we had a little ponder over whether to finish it all and leave stuffed, or to pack it up for lunch the next day, get a dessert, and still leave stuffed! Of course we voted for leftovers plus dessert! The flourless chocolate cake was the dessert we could agreed to share. Upon arrival we were both disappointed to find it drizzled with chocolate sauce instead of the expected raspberry sauce, per the menu. We did not get an explanation for the change and neither of us felt like it was important enough to inquire about, but I think if I were to order it again I would ensure that I would be getting the raspberry sauce as it just sounds so much more decadent to me! That aside, this cake surely was still an excellent choice.
Our dinner of a side caesar, stuffed meatballs, inside out chicken parmigiana, linguine carbonara, one coffee and chocolate cake came to $72.26