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Latina Restaurant
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Etobicoke
Reviewed March 2, 2012

Our experience at Latina was excellent. From the pleasant reception to the prompt odering process.
Our dishes were particularly tasty and savoury.
From the appetizers, to the pastas ( penne a la Vodka ) to the ozzo buco.
What was most amazing about the whole night, was the cost with wine and dessert, under $90 for two.
Cannot wait to return to Latina with family and friens.
A true "diamond in the rough".

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Thank frende
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Reviewed December 29, 2011

We went there on the first evening of a Christmas family reunion, tired from travelling and looking for comfort food. The menu is varied, the chef agrees to accommodate you if you wish something different, some of us had meat, others pasta, fish was great. The desserts were absolutely fantastic - the homemade velvet cake was to die for: moist, not too sweet,
we ordered more to keep to the apartment hotel for the next day. It kept perfectly in the fridge and was still delicious the day after. The red house wine was also very good, which is not often the case in Canadian Italian restaurants. We will go back to Latina any time!

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Thank jccachon
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Reviewed December 22, 2011

Latina restaurant is a bit of a time warp. It's the kind of place that was cutting-edge 40 years ago when Italian food was considered "exotic" in Toronto. Apparently, they've recently done some renovations to the premises (I didn't see the "before") but the "after" is a mishmash of designer touches, and old-school tacky. The space is huge, open and tables lack an intimate ambiance - and the night I went, it didn't help that the room temperature was about 65F. With a large group, it would be fine as body heat would warm the place up, but as a couple on a date night, it was decidedly chilly.

The service could really use some polish & professionalism. When I called to book a reservation, the man who answered the phone was brusque & not very friendly. He didn't even take my name for the booking. Upon arrival, we waited, unnoticed and unwelcomed, in the front foyer for several minutes before being seated. I guess he was the only one working out front & waiting on tables.

I had to ask for the wine list, as we wanted a bottle, rather than a glass of mystery red or white. However, our server did get better as the evening progressed - and significantly more friendly.

On to the food - the appetizers and salads on the menu weren't anything exciting, so we decided to go with the kitschy bruschetta and caesar salad to share. Seeing as it's December, tomatoes are definitely NOT in season, so it seemed the safer choice. Surprisingly, the bruschetta was much better than expected - great balance of garlic with the perfect olive oil to complement it, although the bread choice of toasted dinner rolls was a bit odd. The caesar salad was huge - half as much would more have sufficed. I quite liked that it was mostly the hearts of romaine, and the dressing had a nice lemon flavour, but it could have used more anchovy to balance it out.

I had the veal with pancetta, mushrooms, cream sauce and pine nuts. The veal was cooked perfectly - tender, juicy, melted in my mouth. However the cream sauce was...gloppy and too heavy. Barely any pancetta, and the sliced button mushrooms overwhelmed. Presentation was very odd with the included side of pasta - rigatoni with a lovely, fresh-tomato tasting marinara sauce, however it was obviously cooked fresh to order, and served steaming hot.

My husband was excited by the menu advertising "home-made pasta", and was disappointed to find his penne was quite obviously commercially made and dry from a box. Fortunately, the spicy shrimp in it were superbly cooked just through, without even a hint of chewiness. The flavour of the sauce was outstanding as well. Also served piping hot and a very large portion size.

We skipped dessert - too full. And neither of us is a coffee drinker at night. The total bill came to $95 after taxes for one bruschetta, two caesar salads, two entrees and a bottle of wine. A little pricey for home cooking, slightly awkward service and an ugly dining room. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't sophisticated enough for us to come back, when there are so many other restaurants with better service and decor to be found in Toronto.

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