Cotto Enoteca Pizzeria

Cotto Enoteca Pizzeria is an Italian restaurant that specializes in Neapolitan style pizzas located in North Burnaby on Hastings. They do a modern take on Italian food and the restaurant is nice inside, but still comfortable and family friendly.

I love a good Neapolitan style pizza and I’ve been wanting to try this place for a while since it is much closer to my house than the other pizza places in Vancouver. I finally got to try Cotto when my family came here for my brother’s birthday.

Bread

When we sat down we were served complimentary bread. It was served with a garlic white bean dip, but it had a very thick consistency almost like hummus. The garlic flavour was very strong and the bread was crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle.

Calamari Fritto

Our first appetizer was the calamari fritto ($11). We were all impressed with how much calamari was on the plate. This was some of the best calamari I’ve ever had. The batter was very light and very crispy. The squid inside tasted fresh and it was tender and slightly chewy and not too tough. A pesto sauce and tomatoes were placed around the plate, which proved to be a great pairing with the calamari. This is definitely a winning appetizer.

Cotto Polpetti

The other appetizer we ordered was the Cotto polpetti ($15), which are house-made meatballs. They were topped with a san marzano tomato sauce and crispy fried basil leaves.

The meatballs were incredibly tender and moist. The simple and sweet flavours of the tomato sauce and basil were perfect with the meat.

Pizza Carne

One of my brother’s ordered the pizza carne ($16), which comes with a bunch of different meats and cheeses. I didn’t actually try this one, but he enjoyed it.

Pizza Margherita

My dad went with the classic pizza margherita ($12). I had a slice of this and it was simple and good. My dad commented that he wished that it got a bit more charred and crispy in the oven.

Bucatini Pomodoro

My mom ordered a half-size bucatini pomodoro ($11), which doesn’t appear to be on the menu anymore because I don’t see it on their website. It’s a shame that they got rid of it, because this was actually a nice simple pasta. The tomato sauce was light and sweet and the noodles were cooked al dente. The noodles actually reminded me of Shanghai style noodles.

Gnocchi Fritto

For the other half of the pasta, she got the gnocchi fritto ($12). These are a fried version of gnocchi and they were topped with cheese, crispy proscuitto, guanciale (an unsmoked Italian bacon), and arugula.

These were pretty delicious and indulgent. I liked the crispy gnocchi because it was something new and different. This dish is pretty heavy, so I think it would be great as an appetizer or shared dish.

Pizza Prosciutto

My other brother got the pizza prosciutto ($18), which was covered with thinly sliced prosciutto and tons of fresh arugula. If you don’t want a pizza that is too heavy, this is a good option. It has a light fresh flavour.

Pizza Carbonara

For my own pizza, I ordered the pizza carbonara ($10), which comes topped with fonduta, parmigiano reggiano, pecorino romano, guanciale, roasted garlic, and a 63° egg.

Fonduta is a creamy melted cheese sauce. There was a mild cheesy element to the pizza, but it was by no means heavy or greasy, which I liked because it feels much lighter in your stomach.

Guanciale is an unsmoked Italian bacon prepared from pork jowls. This meat added a salty rich flavour to the pizza.

The 63 degree egg was visually impressive and it made the dish extra special. A 63 degree egg is slowly cooked in water at that temperature for a long period of time and the shell is removed once it is done to get that perfect gooey texture. The egg added an indulgent almost creamy element to the dish that was almost like a hollandaise sauce.

My family members tried a slice of my pizza and we all agreed it was the favourite of the night and something you can’t just find anywhere.

Panna Cotta

The vanilla bean panna cotta ($8) was surrounded by lemon curd and little biscuit crumbs. I’ve never actually tried panna cotta before, but it was lovely. It had a texture that was slightly more firm than pudding and was very creamy and cool with a strong vanilla flavour. The tartness from the lemon curd was perfect with the creamy pudding and balanced it out nicely.

Salted Caramel Budino

The salted caramel budino ($8) is a butterscoth pudding with maldon sea salt. It is served with a little rosemary biscotti.

The pudding was served slightly warm and was indulgent, creamy, and sweet. I love sweet and salty combinations and the sea salt helped to pick up the flavour and added something more interesting to the dish. The rosemary biscotti was a nice accompaniment and I ended up using it as a little spoon for scooping out some of the pudding.

My whole family enjoyed our meals and the food presentation was great. Everything tasted delicious and I liked how they had classic dishes and more innovate and creative ones on the menu. Cotto is definitely a good option for a nice meal in Burnaby and the only option for real Italian pizza in the area.

Recommendation:

Yes, for great pizza in Burnaby.

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Categories: $$$ ($15-$25), Burnaby, Hastings, Italian, Pizza

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One Comment on “Cotto Enoteca Pizzeria”

  1. April 12, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

    looks great, recently just noticed this place when I was driving by,
    got me craving pizza 🙂

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