Cascata Bistro offers an eclectic mix of colour and flavour for the senses

WhatsOn Feb 19, 2019 by Julia Lovett-Squires Flamborough Review

Seven years ago, an empty turn-of-the-century home was about to go up for sale.

It sat on the corner of Carlisle Road and was set to enter a new era as Cascata Bistro, a gathering place where fresh food was the host and an eclectic atmosphere offered personality.

“The idea was to definitely have farm-to-table, fresh, new and exciting food on a regular basis,” said Angela Checchia, owner of Cascata.

“We kind of make things up based on the fresh ingredients that we have on hand,” she added, of “the board” that lists daily features created by head chef Paul Gauthier.

“He’s very, very good at being innovative and creative with whatever we’ve got going on.”

Sitting in the colourful and eclectic dining room with strains of George Harrison coming from the sound system, Checchia explained that she knew it would be a small bistro, and therefore needed to be intimate — especially as part of the strong community of Carlisle.

While browsing through the current menu, one sees headings like “Share Me Things” and “Salady Things.” While the restaurant’s fare is Italian-inspired, Checchia said it’s hard to attach a genre to what they do in the kitchen.

“It’s really based on fresh up-and-coming ideas,” she said.

The menu includes dishes such as eggplant parmigiana, the marianna sandwich or the lamb burger, which are priced between $15 and $20, while salads such as the Euro Cobb — which features mixed greens, capicola, Asiago, red onion, hard-boiled egg, salami and sun-dried tomatoes in a balsamic vinaigrette — costs $16.

“There’s really something for everybody and the fact that we can change it up, it keeps (it) interesting," Checchia said. "That’s really important to me."

In addition to entrees, salads and pizza, the bistro also offers appetizers like steamed mussels, prepared according to the customer’s palate for $15, or calamari fritti for $15.

While the menu may boast some unique choices, Checchia said there are some main items that remain beloved.

“I would say the pastas and the pizzas are always a big favourite, but we love to bring in some seafood too and something interesting like that,” she said.

Over the years, the owner said that they have received feedback from the community, and the word “unique” comes up often.

“They love that we’re unique, they love that we are local, they love that it’s a one-owner (restaurant)," she said. "I have a lot of good relationships with the people that come in here, so it really feels like family when you come in.

“I think that's the most special part of it.”

Cascata Bistro offers an eclectic mix of colour and flavour for the senses

Carlisle restaurant serves up fresh, exciting food

WhatsOn Feb 19, 2019 by Julia Lovett-Squires Flamborough Review

Seven years ago, an empty turn-of-the-century home was about to go up for sale.

It sat on the corner of Carlisle Road and was set to enter a new era as Cascata Bistro, a gathering place where fresh food was the host and an eclectic atmosphere offered personality.

“The idea was to definitely have farm-to-table, fresh, new and exciting food on a regular basis,” said Angela Checchia, owner of Cascata.

“We kind of make things up based on the fresh ingredients that we have on hand,” she added, of “the board” that lists daily features created by head chef Paul Gauthier.

“He’s very, very good at being innovative and creative with whatever we’ve got going on.”

Sitting in the colourful and eclectic dining room with strains of George Harrison coming from the sound system, Checchia explained that she knew it would be a small bistro, and therefore needed to be intimate — especially as part of the strong community of Carlisle.

While browsing through the current menu, one sees headings like “Share Me Things” and “Salady Things.” While the restaurant’s fare is Italian-inspired, Checchia said it’s hard to attach a genre to what they do in the kitchen.

“It’s really based on fresh up-and-coming ideas,” she said.

The menu includes dishes such as eggplant parmigiana, the marianna sandwich or the lamb burger, which are priced between $15 and $20, while salads such as the Euro Cobb — which features mixed greens, capicola, Asiago, red onion, hard-boiled egg, salami and sun-dried tomatoes in a balsamic vinaigrette — costs $16.

“There’s really something for everybody and the fact that we can change it up, it keeps (it) interesting," Checchia said. "That’s really important to me."

In addition to entrees, salads and pizza, the bistro also offers appetizers like steamed mussels, prepared according to the customer’s palate for $15, or calamari fritti for $15.

While the menu may boast some unique choices, Checchia said there are some main items that remain beloved.

“I would say the pastas and the pizzas are always a big favourite, but we love to bring in some seafood too and something interesting like that,” she said.

Over the years, the owner said that they have received feedback from the community, and the word “unique” comes up often.

“They love that we’re unique, they love that we are local, they love that it’s a one-owner (restaurant)," she said. "I have a lot of good relationships with the people that come in here, so it really feels like family when you come in.

“I think that's the most special part of it.”

Cascata Bistro offers an eclectic mix of colour and flavour for the senses

Carlisle restaurant serves up fresh, exciting food

WhatsOn Feb 19, 2019 by Julia Lovett-Squires Flamborough Review

Seven years ago, an empty turn-of-the-century home was about to go up for sale.

It sat on the corner of Carlisle Road and was set to enter a new era as Cascata Bistro, a gathering place where fresh food was the host and an eclectic atmosphere offered personality.

“The idea was to definitely have farm-to-table, fresh, new and exciting food on a regular basis,” said Angela Checchia, owner of Cascata.

“We kind of make things up based on the fresh ingredients that we have on hand,” she added, of “the board” that lists daily features created by head chef Paul Gauthier.

“He’s very, very good at being innovative and creative with whatever we’ve got going on.”

Sitting in the colourful and eclectic dining room with strains of George Harrison coming from the sound system, Checchia explained that she knew it would be a small bistro, and therefore needed to be intimate — especially as part of the strong community of Carlisle.

While browsing through the current menu, one sees headings like “Share Me Things” and “Salady Things.” While the restaurant’s fare is Italian-inspired, Checchia said it’s hard to attach a genre to what they do in the kitchen.

“It’s really based on fresh up-and-coming ideas,” she said.

The menu includes dishes such as eggplant parmigiana, the marianna sandwich or the lamb burger, which are priced between $15 and $20, while salads such as the Euro Cobb — which features mixed greens, capicola, Asiago, red onion, hard-boiled egg, salami and sun-dried tomatoes in a balsamic vinaigrette — costs $16.

“There’s really something for everybody and the fact that we can change it up, it keeps (it) interesting," Checchia said. "That’s really important to me."

In addition to entrees, salads and pizza, the bistro also offers appetizers like steamed mussels, prepared according to the customer’s palate for $15, or calamari fritti for $15.

While the menu may boast some unique choices, Checchia said there are some main items that remain beloved.

“I would say the pastas and the pizzas are always a big favourite, but we love to bring in some seafood too and something interesting like that,” she said.

Over the years, the owner said that they have received feedback from the community, and the word “unique” comes up often.

“They love that we’re unique, they love that we are local, they love that it’s a one-owner (restaurant)," she said. "I have a lot of good relationships with the people that come in here, so it really feels like family when you come in.

“I think that's the most special part of it.”