Pioneering Italians were not only the first to put tomatoes in cuisine, they were also the first people to take photographs of themselves pretending to hold up the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Delight in their inventiveness with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of authentic Italian fare and drinks at Trattoria della Nonna in downtown Lunenburg.
Trattoria della Nonna fires up chef Terry Vassallo's extensive menu of traditional Italian dishes, mouthwatering pizzas, and delectable desserts. Warm up esophagi for a multitudinous munchie marathon with grilled lamb riblettes and toasted-barley risotto with double-smoked bacon and thyme ($13) or flash-fried calamari ($12). Wood-fired pizzas are baked in the house's own brick oven, providing a more convenient form of edible two-dimensional art than the lickable Sistine Chapel ceiling. Keep to the classics with a margherita pie ($14), or sample succulent splendour with a calabrese, on which italian sausage, chicken, caramelized onion, fontina, and a sun-dried-tomato pesto assemble before performing a kick line across tongues ($18). Homemade gnocchi doused with quattro formaggio crema headlines the fresh pasta selection and double as miniature pillows for reposing forks ($17). Authentic entrees from land and sea include hazelnut- and herb-crusted rack of lamb with a lamb shoulder ragout ($32) and grilled salmon with crispy prawns ($26). Sample desserts and choose liquid accompaniments from the vast wine menus, featuring pours from regions as local as Gaspereau and as far as New Zealand.
Trattoria della Nonna's rustic atmosphere inhabits a split-level space lined with bright stucco walls and ceilings. Dark mahogany tables and accents add richness to the décor, and colourful pastoral artwork induces boot-shaped memories of the Italian countryside. Sip limoncello tableside or migrate upstairs to a full bar for an exercise in parallel socialization.
9 King St.
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia B0J 2C0Get Directions