The owners of the ever-popular Hermanos Restaurant and Wine Bar have graced Winnipeg with another South American inspired restaurant: Corrientes Argentine Pizza. Situated at 137 Bannatyne Ave, near Waterfront Drive, it is the perfect meeting place for the condo dwellers, business and arts people who have resurrected the neighbourhood. I am guessing this is what inspired the name of the restaurant because Corrientes Ave. in Buenos Aires is home to a similar demographic.
I hope that the owners know that the space with its exposed brick walls and cozy furniture will promote lingering. I was sat in this back room and when I found out that my lunch date was running late, I didn’t mind in the least. Our table was tucked into the right hand corner and made for a perfect place for us to quietly get caught up on life and then business.
This light filled front room was jammed with diners when I arrived at noon but had cleared out by the time we made our way back to our cars (parking was tricky).
But to the food. I am always so appreciative when my friends are willing to order in tandem because a couple of slices of pizza and half of this gorgeous salad made for an explosion of textures and flavours.
My lunch date choose the Olmedo Salad whereby heaps of chopped romaine lettuce were adorned with sun-dried tomatoes, thinly sliced Buffalo mozarella and soft croutons. The entire surface was then playfully, zig zagged with balsamic dressing creating this checkered-board effect. The result was lovely for the eyes and the taste buds.
I chose a thin crust “Manitoba ” Pizza topped with pesto (pungent with garlic), bacon, goat cheese, arugula, orange zest and more sun-dried tomatoes. The pickerel cheeks made it Manitoban but unfortunately their subtle flavour was overpowered by the other ingredients. Orange zest on pizza was new to me but tasted exactly right in this combination.
Corrientes delivers pizza and is open from breakfast until late to accommodate the after theatre crowd.
Buenos Airies is one of the world’s great cities that I would love to visit but in the mean time, Winnipeg has its own taste of life on Corrientes St.
Kath’s quote: “Prepared and fast foods have given us the time and freedom to see cooking as an art form – a form of creative expression.”-Jeff Smith
Love-that is all.