5 Hottest Restaurants in Oakville, Burlington and Milton – Aug 11 - Aug 17


Here are the 5 hottest restaurants in Halton for the week of Aug. 11 - Aug. 17 based on the amount of organic page views and searches these restaurants received on inhalton.com.

5. Nonna's Cucina Ristorante


A great wall of wine greets you at this Aldershot gem, where sublime service is the norm. Start with the amazingly tasty bread and garlic-infused oil ... then try the charcuterie board featuring delicious house-made salami (there's also two types of cheese, plus mortadella and prosciutto). The veal is nicely seasoned, breaded, and topped with cheese, while the dessert offerings include a carrot cheesecake that's flawless, plus housemade donuts with Nutella on the side. The restaurant is cozy and you'll want to stay for many, many courses!

4. Portabello’s Pizza & Eatery


This cute little pizzeria on Derry Rd. W. (next to the Hawthorne Cafe ) doesn’t look like much at first glance. The decor is simple, with wine on display. But the pizza is everything! A huge slice took several minutes to inhale and didn’t stop me from going back for more. The sauce tastes homemade because it is — everything is created in-house. With a great crust and flavourful cheese and meat in each bite, drizzling chilli oil (also prepared at Portabello’s) took it to an unbelievable level! The server was really friendly and helpful — she even reminded me to grab a cell phone charger on the way out. If that isn't fabulous customer service, I’m not sure what is.

3. Beldeni’s Italian Kitchen


Because you can never have too much burrata. Fine dining just got a boost in Burlington. This new Italian place along Harvester Rd. is something special: the food is fabulous, service is great, and the atmosphere is downright summery. They’re serving up sizzlin’ steak, seafood, pizza and pasta (which isn’t made in-house). The restaurant features fresh ingredients and traditions. Among the appetizers you'll find Imported Burrata di Puglia, with basil and arugula pesto, blistered cherry tomatoes, and crumbled prosciutto. The beet salad and salmon are also worth ordering. The location will ring a bell — it’s the former Walkers Fish Market (with the same herringbone flooring). Popular dishes include mussels pomodoro, porchetta panino, and linguini carbonara. The Nantucket-style decor is the perfect place for a mini-escape while remaining in the city.

2. Borgo Antico


The menu is curated and the offerings are fabulous. This cute little downtown Oakville spot opened its doors in October 2016 and is an under-the-radar dining experience when it comes to great Sicilian fare. If you've never been, start with the fried artichokes (incredible!) and order the steak (equally fabulous but keep in mind it's not offered daily since the meat selection is changed up). We also dig the fabulously fabulous burrata-tomato salad! The resto is casual yet authentic, kid-friendly and - more importantly - offers a solid wine list, plus cocktails and beer. Service is very friendly. You must go.

1. Culaccino Bar & Kitchen


This hip Italian bar-slash-gastropub is one of the newest along Brant St., taking over the former Eatalia spot. I found this place while strolling downtown ... the stunning aesthetic caught my eye so I went in to find out more, quickly realizing it's Burlington's best-kept burger secret. Just order The Burger and wait for it to arrive. Take in the glorious horseshoe-shaped bar and industrial light fixtures and wooden chairs with colourful legs. Try not to drool over the food or decor. Decked out between a bun with black-and-white sesame seeds you'll find a thick grilled patty made in-house, like everything on the curated menu. It's wrapped in prosciutto and drowned in melted Gorgonzola and served with frites and house-made ketchup, which tastes so healthy it feels as if I'm eating clean for just a split second. A few bites in, I had to put The Burger down and just nod at it to convey appreciation and respect. The friendly owner, Jerod, and staff work hard to provide a stellar experience. Chase the Spaghetti Carbonara - featuring pasta made in-house, plus double-smoked bacon, garlic, arugula, and parmesan - with suds ... they've got craft beer on beer on beer on beer -- nearly 100 varieties. Cheers!

The 5 hottest restaurants in Halton for the week of Aug. 10 to Aug. 17 were based on the amount of organic page views and searches these restaurants received on inhalton.com

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