The heart of Hamilton has just gotten a little bit warmer by the present of Caro. Located on the corner of Ottawa St N and Main St S, Caro is expanding the busy food scene of Ottawa street to the further South ( As someone who has no sense of direction, I’m really pushing my limit with this sentence lol )
A trip to a restaurant isn’t completed if you haven’t eaten the foods. I was blessed to be able to visit Caro with other food lovers (Hamilton Small Fries, I’m Mad Hungry, Hungry Hungry HeeJoo, and Sid Friedman). As a group, we were able to put our hands on many options on Caro’s menu. Not literally because that’s kinda gross.
After carefully inspecting the menu, we decided to put down our order including Crispy Polenta Fries, Focaccia Fried Calamari, Mushroom Pizza, Pappardelle, Caro Spaghetti and Meatball, Tuscan Rigatoni, and Gnudi.
Now, let, me, break, it, down, for, you. Clap after every single word. If you want to have an app before your main, I would highly suggest the Focaccia Fried Calamari. The Calamari was goldenly fried serving along with Marinara and Roasted Garlic Aioli. Personally, I think the hero of this dish was the crispy Caper. It added a touch of crunch and saltiness to the dish and brought it to the next level.
After we finished the apps, here came the mains. The pastas and pizza were nicely placed in large white clean dishes allowing the foods to shine its colours. Every dish has its own character. Depending on your mood of the day, if you want to have something filling and heavy, you should check out the Spaghetti or Rigatoni option.
The spaghetti came with a massive mixed pork and beef meatball, tossed thoroughly with Pomodoro sauce, and then topped with a generous amount of Parmesan cheese. On the other hand, the Tuscan Rigatoni is cooked in Arrabiatta sauce, served with grilled sausage and rapini, added a touch of Perperonata, and finished off with some Pecorino cheese.
However, if you want to go for something light, Pappardelle is the way to go. Overall, this was my favourite dish and of course, was picked by me. I did my homework on Caro’s menu a day before we went to the restaurant, and it truly paid off. The Pappardelle was served with Woodland Mushroom, Truffle Butter, Peas, and Sage. It was added with Blood Orange Reduction and topped with Pecorino Cheese. One thing wasn’t mentioned on the menu was that the Pappardelle was finished with a drizzle of Olive Oil. I love the fact that the dish came with a fork and a spoon. Fork for Pasta, Spoon for the Sauce. There shall no waste!!