Occasionally an Italian restaurant is so rustic and real it makes you feel homesick for a place you’ve never lived. Chef and owner Alida Soloman took Italy to her heart and now shares that passion from her open kitchen in this intimate restaurant in Toronto.
This is full-flavoured Tuscan peasant food in suitably low-key surroundings: olive green banquettes, personal photographs and music amplified by a lowly iPod docking station. Hand-cut pastas and meaty mains like braised rabbit or slow-roasted beef short ribs in Italian beer have won Alida accolades in her adopted country. And here, the staff really knows its stuff – every August Alida shuts up shop and takes them to Tuscany.
It may be a squat grey building on a bland block of town, but it’s magnetic enough to always draw in a discerning crowd of famished fans.