If you come to Perth, ON, and the question arises, "Got Italian?" the answer is a wonderful yes. I have dined at Bistro 54 many, many times, and always find it delightful. My last visit in early April was no exception. As it was around the time of my birthday, I got to pick where to go. This restaurant is one of a number of literally world class stature within the town, and you certainly can't go wrong with their menu, attention to detail, service and location.
This is not a large restaurant, but one of cozy proportions. Seating is on a first come, first served basis, and I always try to go early to get a table. Once seated and presented with a menu by one of the excellent wait staff, you will begin your journey to Italy. Perfect, fresh crusty bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar is brought to your table. Appetizers include seafood and salads, antipasti and warm sausage and peppers for example. Main courses feature seafood, chicken, veal, beef, and fresh pasta. There is a very good wine list, and the house wines are very nice. This time, Bob had the warm sausage and peppers appetizer, followed by the Cannelloni con Pollo e Verdure. I had the sea scallops appetizer, with 2 sauces served on a slice of lotus root. My main was Pasta all' Astice, a lobster tail with pink peppercorn sauce served with fresh fettuccine. It was my birthday, after all.
Dessert was equally superb, I having the chocolate tart with tart dried cherries. Very fudgy in a pastry crust. A side of vanilla gelato was also included. Bob had their version of a high end banana split, all made with various flavours of gelati and banana puree.
Everything is always beautifully presented, and an added bonus, from my perspective, is that behind the "window" you can see the two chefs cooking away. Just awesome! Keep up the great work! You will be hearing more about Bistro 54 in the future.
Address: 54 Foster St., Perth, ON
www.bistro54.ca Check out their website for menus and details.