Disclaimer: I received a discount on my meal and a complimentary appetizer from Cascata Bistro. However, all opinions expressed in this post are my own.
I live in Burlington, Ontario. About 50 minutes away my good friend lives in Guelph. And between us? Is 50 km of cows and fields. It has made seeing each other just a little difficult over the past year and a half.
Enter Cascata Bistro, a new restaurant in Carlisle, just north of Hamilton. It’s smack dab in the middle of us, making it the perfect meeting point. So we went there for lunch last week after I was invited by Angela Checchia, its owner, to try it out.
It’s located in a renovated house, which is my favourite kind of setting for a restaurant. It just feels so homey! The decor was a mix of cottagey and hip, with bright pops of colour and lots of unique decorative pieces. We ate out on the sun porch, which bright, cozy, and complete with a gas fireplace and heaters for winter – an inclusion that was much appreciated by this cold blooded gal.
Before our meal we were brought out a complimentary appetizer platter with warm marinated olives, crackers and bread sticks, piave (a cheese similar to Parmesan), sharp cheddar, and some cured meats. I don’t think I’d ever had the piave before, but it might have been my favourite part! I’m a sucker for a good cheese.
There was so much choice for our meal between their regular menu, their $11 lunch menu, and their daily features. Plus it all sounded so appealing – especially since it’s all made from scratch, using locally sourced food when possible. I had a hard time deciding, so I followed the advice of Angela and went for the flatbread with mushrooms, red peppers, red onions, Genoa salami, and mozzarella. I loved the crispy flatbread and the assortment of vegetables on this, but I found the mild flavour of the Genoa salami got lost underneath it all. That didn’t matter too much though, since it was delicious even without its flavour!
My friend had the Marianna sandwich, which was stuffed with chicken, roasted peppers, sauteed mushrooms, caramelized onions, goat cheese, and Cascata aioli. She gave it two thumbs up!
The food was great, but I think my favourite thing about Cascata Bistro is its homey and welcoming atmosphere. It almost feels like I’m a guest at Angela’s house rather than a customer. This is what will bring me back here again – and hopefully soon!