About Trattoria Azzurra:
A bar and eatery rolled into one, the Trattoria Azzurra is located at 100 Pine Street, in Collingwood, Ontario. It serves Italian cuisine in a friendly, warm, intimate setup, with a carefully prepared menu that awakens the taste buds.
There is street side parking for both cars and bikes, and there is a lovely outdoor seating area. The place does not have a TV or Wi-Fi, which adds to the romantic feel of this place. There is semi-classic attire requirement, and average noise levels and this place serves beer and wine only. They take reservations but don’t do deliveries or takeaway meals. The place is welcoming to kids and families, as it organises Pranzo dining, meaning a long Italian family-style meal with several courses.
This restaurant serves lunch on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, opening at 11.30 AM and serving lunch by 2.30 PM, and later dinner from 5 PM to 10 PM. On Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday it serves dinner only, working from 5 PM to 9 PM, and is closed on Monday.
Azzurra has been reviewed online on Yelp, Trip Advisor and Google Reviews, and from these, I bring you the following list of pros and cons.
- Excellent food options
- Intimate feel for a romantic night out
- Large portions
- Excellent food and wine pairing
- A farm-to-table policy with fresh local ingredients
- Somewhat pricey dishes
Trattoria Azzurra has been in business in Collingwood for a long time. The place is located on the bottom floor of a Colonial-style house. The exterior is painted soft yellow, with white accents and has a small fenced yard with bushes and patio.
The interior is nicely done, with white walls and dark floors. There are wooden tables, black chairs and framed pictures on the walls along with cork decorations. The lighting is intimate, casting a warm glow in the evenings, adding to the romantic feel of the place, offering a pleasant dining experience.
The menu is divided into lunch, dinner, kid’s menu, sweets, and wine list. The lunch menu starters like antipasti boards, soup of the day, risotto fritters, fried calamari, octopus; salads like Caesar, beef tenderloin, market fish or roasted chicken; pasta meals like rigatoni, vegan spaghetti Bolognese, sweet potato gnocchi, tagliatelle and more. The main dishes include chicken parmesan and fish cakes.
The dinner menu is more extensive and has several antipasti boards, risotto fritters, calamari and more. There is a soup of the day, salads, pasta dishes and main dishes that include roasted lamb sirloin, market fish, pan-seared pork chops, duck leg confit, and beef tenderloin.
This restaurant prepares beautiful sweets to finish a meal, and patrons can enjoy classic tiramisu, flourless chocolate cake, cheesecake, and many seasonal desserts. In keeping with the Italian tradition, there are many speciality coffees like caramel affogato, cafe Azzurra, cafe Roma, cafe Tuscany, and Buona Notte café, which are all fancy coffee-based cocktails.