Posto, a sister restaurant to Bonterra and Cibo, opened its doors last month in the space next door to Bonterra that was once home to Edo Japan. I was one of the lucky ones chosen from a twitter contest to attend their pre-opening. For the pre-opening, Posto had selected random twitter followers and generously invited them to try out dishes from the Posto menu meanwhile allowing their kitchen crew lots of opportunity to perfect the dishes.
I was super excited to go with my foodie friend, Carmen of Foodkarma, to try out the new menu at Posto. Their menu is divided into five parts – the Formaggi E Salumi, which consists of a list of imported cheeses and salumi, including imported burrata which is flown in from Italy when the cheese is days old; the Ciabatta and the Insalata, which include a tasty array of ciabatta and salads; the Piatti, which consists are a variety of small plates meant for sharing; and Pizza. Posto has a gas pizza oven similar to the one at its sibling restaurant, Cibo.
We started off with an order of the Duck Arancini, which was served with a blood orange aioli. I was impressed at how tender, moist, and flavorful the duck was.
Next was the Funghi Fritti, which were served with a truffle bagna cauda.
For our third dish, we tried the Swordfish Bresaola. The Swordfish Bresaola, which was topped with capers, lemon, and arugula, came highly recommended by the staff at Posto. It was interesting and not like anything that I’ve had before.
We also tried the Pan Seared Scallops with green apple, pistachio, smoked ham hock and brown butter cauliflower. The scallops were perfectly cooked. They were sweet and tender. I liked how the tartness of the green apple balanced the saltiness from the ham hock.
One of our favourite dishes of the evening was the Squid Ink Ravioli, which was filled with lobster and finished with saffrom cream and shellfish oil. The ravioli was perfectly cooked. I was really impressed with the combination of flavors and would definitely order this dish again on my next visit.
The highlight of the evening was the Beef Cheek and Bone Marrow with sunchokes and mustard greens. This is definitely the star of the show at Posto and a must order item. The beef cheeks were melt in your mouth tender and really flavorful. The bone marrow has a hint of citrus which made it taste refreshing and not heavy. The sunchokes and mustard greens complemented the dish well.
We finished off with some Zeppoli, which are Italian style donuts. They were served with a milk chocolate chili dipping sauce.
After being so impressed with this meal, I couldn’t wait to go back to Posto again. As luck with have it, I was invited by fellow food blogger, Heather of Heather Eats, to be her stand-in dinner date the following week when it was her turn to go for the Posto pre-opening meal.
We decided to try some items from the Formaggi e Salumi section. I had really wanted to try the imported burrata after hearing about how amazing it tasted but unfortunately they didn’t have any available that night. Instead, we tried the Pecorino Toscano which was served with apricot puree and almonds. On its own, I wasn’t crazy about the texture of the puree on the cheese initially but I really enjoyed it with some Bonterra bread. We also tried the Wild Boar Prosciutto, which was served with green apple, hazelnuts, and extra virgin olive oil.
Next we tried the Romaine Salad with Half Lobster, which was topped with caper berries, hearts of palm, pancetta, egg, red endive, white anchovy, and crisp ciabatta. My favorite part of the salad was the crispy pancetta, which tasted amazing and really made the dish.
For our fourth dish, we tried the Beef Crudo with capers, shallot, garlic, and a fried egg and was served with crostini.
Again, based on my recommendation we ordered the Squid Ink Ravioli and the Beef Cheek and Bone Marrow. Both were as amazing as before. These are definitely my top favorites at Posto.
For dessert, we finished off with some freshly made Cannoli filled with orange chocolate pistachio cream. I was definitely impressed as these were some of the best cannoli that I’ve had in Calgary.
Posto is definitely a welcome addition to Calgary’s dining scene. It is a little more refined than it’s casual sibling, Cibo, but not as formal as it’s other sibling, Bonterra. I can’t wait to go back to try the Imported Burrata.
Posto Pizzeria & Bar
1014 8th St SW