Julia, the lovely hostess greets us with a warm smile and hug and quickly seats us before any other hungry patrons notice that she's given us an empty table upon our entrance. I notice the open kitchen and am happy I will be getting to watch food pornstars (aka chefs) in action. I also notice the Enomatic Wine Serving system installed behind the bar which don't let a bottle spoil once they are opened- very chique!
We also order the foie gras that was on special and unfortunately it felt flat. The foie which is a favourite of mine was sinewy, stringy and oily which is very unappealing. We couldn't even finish it as it was way too oily for us! We also ordered a classic Italian dish - gnocchi served in tomato, basil and with ricotta - basic and simple. While the portion size was huge, the gnocchi was a huge disappointment. The gnocchi lacked any character and seasoning, they were bland and sticky. My dining companion had just come back from Italy and it was obvious to her and to me that this gnocchi was not done well at all and the sauce was not from fresh ingredients. You couldn't taste the sweetness of the tomatos, the basil and ricotta is usually flavourless so essentially it was just that.. flavourless! We were desperate for a salt shaker!
Anyway we still enjoyed the energy from the bustling restaurant and the fact that charming Salvatore was circulating to greet all patrons. The servers admit that they are working on the menu and the kitchen is just experiencing growing pains.
My tip is to wait another month when they've ironed out the menu and the weather is a little more temperate to come back.
** 1/2 stars
1112 Yonge Street (South of MacPhereson Avenue)
By Jacqueline Vong at 12:23 PM