One of the things that is great when you’re a crew member on a ship is when you stay at a port overnight. This will allow some of the crew to go out to dinner, which is rare on cruises. We had an overnight in Quebec City, which has a lot of restaurants. I walked around town a little early that day, around 3pm, to scout out and ask some local shop owners about there favorite restaurants in town and the most authentic restaurants. I had a few places that were mentioned a couple of times and they were not to far from the ship. I rounded up a couple people and off we went.
We made it out around 9pm and headed to the closest restaurant to the ship that was recommended. They were packed and the only thing they could offer us was the bar but there was only 2 seats for the 4 of us. They didn’t even say it will be an hour or even a 2 hour wait, they just said they were booked. Off to the next restaurant ….. booked again! We were getting a bit hungry and frustrated at this point and passed an Italian restaurant called il Matto. It was really nice inside and they had a 1 hour wait, not just booked. We put our name down and went off to a pub for and hour and came back. They sat us right away.
Il Matto has a great décor and has been open less than a year. Huge giant pictures covered the walls and really cool chandeliers hung from the ceiling. One of the things I love that more and more restaurants are doing nowadays is having an exposed kitchen and we sat right next to it. Porteger!, as they would say in French.
We started with an very large Antipasto and a bottle of wine as seen above. And for dinner we got the Gnocchi Gorgonzola, Speghetti le keb, Spaghetti aux palourdes en sauce tomate piguante.