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Located within the historic Clarkson Village, Casalinga Ristorante brings a touch of Florence to Mississauga.

The restaurant has been around for a number of years and constantly strives to provide the city with fine Italian dining, as noted by their mission statement:

“Our owner, Mario Marzooghi, and chef, Carmen Diano, invite you for lunch or dinner and the Casalinga staff will look after every one of your mouth watering request.”

Seeing as Casalinga is an Italian restaurant, it specialises in pasta’s, pizza’s, antipasto, wines and coffees. Perhaps what is most impressive and appealing about Casalinga, is that it is fine dining at a reasonable cost. You won’t be paying an arm and a leg to fill your belly full of great delicacies, and with that, we’ll take a look at the menu!

We’ll start with Casalinga’s most popular dish: wood oven pizza. The menu showcases eleven different kinds of pizza, beginning with the ever-trustworthy Margherita for only $14. From there we get a plethora of unique toppings and tantalising ingredients that make for some of the finest pizza in the city!

The Pollo pizza will cost $17 and it consists of tomato sauce, grilled chicken, caramelised onions, smoked provolone, roasted red pepper, and fresh basil. It’s a really nice slice that has a strong but savoury tase; highly recommended.

If it’s a more vegetarian pie you’re after, the Funghi pizza is perfect! Combining the classic tomato sauce and mozarella, with wild mushrooms and arugula, topped with parmigiano cheese. This is a tasty pizza, even if you aren’t a salad-lover, just take a look at the picture below.

Beyond those options, you can also grab Napoli, Salsicce, Prosciutto, Pizza alla Sorrentina, Calabrese, Capricciosa, Verdure, and Pancetta e Funghi. Every one of these pizza’s cost’s $16 but is probably enough to feed two people, or one very hungry individual. No judgement either way.

From there we move on to the always-delicious antipasto. For those who, like myself, don’t speak Italian, antipasto simply means starter. Casalinga offers a great array of starter’s, from daily special soup, to Bruschetta, as well as Calamari Fritti, and Cozze (fresh mussels with onions, garlic and wine).

Then we have the pasta’s, the other signature dish of Casalinga Ristorante. Casalinga offers multiple types of pasta, including linguine, gnocchi, spaghetti, penne, and ravioli. As well as risotto, which is listed under the pasta section of the menu.

First, there’s the Linguine di Mare which consists of the pasta, topped with shrimp, scallops, calamari and mussels in a light herb tomato sauce. That’s a very fishy dish and perfect for those who enjoy seafood, and it costs $23. Not only that but the fish is fresh and prepared regularly.

Next we have Spaghettini Salsicce, which is spaghettic, Italian sausage, rapine, sun-dried tomatoes, and red chillies in aglio e olio sauce (garlic). Another solid choice, however my personal favourite has to be the Penne Casalinga. This signature dish is made up of Penne, grilled chicken, wild mushrooms, spinach and tomatoes in a white wine butter cream sauce, topped with fresh parmigiano cheese. Both of these pasta dishes costs $17 and that isn’t half bad for the quantity and quality you get!

After you’ve stuffed your face with one or more of these fine Italiano cuisines, you’ll want to grab a drink and/or a dessert. Casalinga makes fantastic coffees, as well as soft drinks and tea. However they also offer an extensive wine collection, which you can ask your helpful server for the details of when you’re ready. The servers are great and they will recommend which wine will compliment your meal the best, that’s service that’s hard to find!

Casalinga Ristorante provides fine dining for Mississauga residents, in the form of high-quality Italian meals made by a true Italiano himself, Carmen Diano. It looks to channel the beautiful country of its owner and does so with great style. The oven baked pizza is among the finest in the city and the pasta is perfection. If you’re in the mood for some Italian dining, Casalinga Ristorante should be high on the list!

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