My family and I dined at this restaurant last Saturday October 12. we didnt have any dinner reservations as we decided at the last minute to eat out. I called asking for a table of four, informing them that two of them were children under the age of eleven. We told them we would not be more than 1.5 hours and they graciuosly took us in without any hesitation. Not bad considering the reservation was at 6pm on a Saturday night. From the moment we arrived the staff focused on the children as they were the only ones in the restaurant. Not to mention the restaurant was packed.
We ordered calamari fritti and a sample tray of various appetizers. They were very well done. Calamari were a bit chewy as the children are used to them being cooked slightly longer but still tasty. The kids are pasta lovers so the waitress recommended a tomato basil sauce with fresh made pasta - that too was very good as the kids ate it all. My spouse had the gnocchi with burrata and she thought they were amazing. I had the branzino which was accompanied by a salad. The table next to me order the same dish but had a side of rapini...I should have done the same. The waitress brought over the dessert menus and the kids had chocolate ice cream and the adults had a warm chocolate cake which was decadent.
Overall the staff was great, they mainly spoke Italian amongst themselves which we understand being Italian ourselves. Goes to show just how rustic and authentic the cuisine in this restaurant is as we felt we were in Puglia, Italy. Although we skipped the wine, the selection was quite expansive.
This restaurant is part of the Terroni chain. We also visited Bar Centrale, and La Bettola. If you dontmind driving into the heart of downtown Toronto, this restaurant is definitely worth the trip. Enjoy...
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