Once we reached the doorstep of Etna, we were greeted by the manager or someone else who did not seem like the usual waiter. However, he pleasantly gave us a great service. The whole ambience of Etna was exceptionally romantic and elegant.
The homemade baked bread, which was on the house, was served to us after we have ordered our dishes. The dough was extremely crispy and eating it the Italian style, where the breads are dipped with balsamic vinegar and olive oil, made the bread taste even better.
Our antipasti was wild rocket with tomatoes dressed with balsamic vinegar, Parma ham as well as whole ball of cheese that was made with fresh cows’ milk. Once that ball of cheese was cut, the liquid parts literally oozed out, it was delectable!
As my sister’s teeth hurt after her operation, she had to go with Risotto alla Marinara. This Italian rice was infused with tomato sauce and the seafood served with it was incredibly tender.
I was excited about Etna’s Pizze Bianche (White Pizzas). Normally, pizzas have the usual tomato base, however, Etna specializes in White Pizzas as well, and this means that the base of the pizza is made of mozzarella cheese. We ordered two pizzas, Peloritani, which had bresaola (braised Italian beef) and wild rocket. I really loved the shaved parmesan cheese, as the taste was extremely distinct on the palate. I especially loved Etna’s pizza, the porcini mushrooms was marinated exceptionally well. In the middle of the pizza crust and mozzarella cheese base, there were cubes of cream cheese inside, which made the whole pizza taste extremely thick with cheesy goodness but yet not too gooey and sickeningly mushy. The Parma ham, which was served with the pizza, had the right hint of saltiness.
Overall, Etna did exhibit the qualities of fine dining and the quality of the food served here was tremendously excellent.