Dave and I don’t get out to the east end of Regina that often – we tend to stay central. When deciding on a restaurant the other night, we decided to bust out of our rut and head out for italian at Fortuna Ristorante on East Quance Street.

We haven’t been here since shortly after it opened last year, and wanted to see how things have shaped up. We were happy to see that the interior has warmed up and the portions seem to have grown. The menu has remained extensive and it was genuinely hard to decide what to order because everything sounded so delicious.

Every meal comes with bread, and we really enjoyed our fresh loaf with olive oil and balsamic vinegar (mixed up for us by our friendly and attentive server Brenda). We like it so much … Brenda offered us seconds … which we happily agreed to.

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I am always a huge fan of Caprese Salad, so we shared this as a starter. The tomatoes, mozzarella and olives were nice and fresh. I found the salt that was sprinkled on top unnecessary and I like my salad warm (this was a bit chilled). Dave liked it just as it was, so it really was a personal taste kind of thing.

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For our entrees, I chose Cannelloni di Carne off the specials menu. This beef and pork stuffed cannelloni dish in tomato and besciamella sauce was incredibly rich in flavour. The two kinds of meat really made this dish stand out.

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Dave went for a real manly meal! When his Agnelle Con Papparadelle arrived, I literally gasped at the huge lamb shank that was served! This braised lamb dish, with lamb tomato sauce and wide noodles was very flavourful and Dave really enjoyed it.

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Our second time at Fortuna was a great experience, and we left there more wowed by the meal than our first experience. The next time we need to get out of our central/south Regina rut, we will remember Fortuna!

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