Wednesday, November 7, 2007
While in Toronto last weekend, I went out for dinner to an insanely busy Italian restaurant on Yonge Street. If it hadn't been for all of the people waiting for a table (3 deep at the bar), I could see Tony Soprano and the boys coming in to this place to talk business while sitting down to enjoy a nice plate of pasta, some sausages and a couple of bottles of wine. Actually...I would have liked that...but Tony prefers a much quieter place to talk shop...so I guess them's the breaks!
Grazie Ristorante is located at 2373 Yonge Street in the heart of downtown Toronto at Yonge and Eglington. It is a casual Italian eatery that offers the fare you would expect to see at any respectable Italian Ristorante, and it is laid down in simplicity and in style.
The menu is broken into antipasti, zuppa, pizzas, entrees and desserts. The menu offers a nice balance of pastas, seafood and meats prepared in a variety of cooking styles. Grilling, roasting, searing and baking center of the plate items adds to the variety of tastes and textures available from the busy kitchen. Veal, chicken salmon, prawns, mussels, clams, sausage and beef are all vying for your attention on this menu, and it's tough deciding on just one thing; especially since the smells coming from the open kitchen pump up the volume on your appetite!
We sampled the flat bread (pizza) bruschetta. It was really nice with lots of fresh basil, garlic and fresh herbs. The Tasca and Penza were our choices for main course pastas. They were both very nice. Finally, we ended the meal with Tiramisu and the Banana Cake.
Our wine for the evening was Masi Campofiorin. It was an excellent full bodied wine. The glasses used at Grazie for wine are rock glasses rather than stemmed glassware. That's the Italian way I suppose. Hey...who wants a sissy little wine glass when you can have a nice solid rock glass in your hand instead? Besides...they're much better for throwing at people; they hurt more!
Grazie was a blast and I recommend it for a great meal in an exciting atmosphere. They don't take reservations by phone, so it's first come first serve. Unless you make them an offer they can't refuse!
Here's a link to Grazie Ristorante: http://www.grazie.ca/
Posted by Livingston Cooks at 12:19 PM