Jen Agg’s retro-styled Dundas West restaurant specializes in pasta and wine. Rather than recreating classic pasta dishes, chef and co-owner James Santon focuses on Italy’s culinary tradition of using local ingredients. The result is a menu of Italian-inspired dishes with Toronto flair, along with charcuterie platters that pay homage to the space’s previous life as
Victor Barry had Splendido. He was chef/owner and it was fancy and delicious and beautiful … and not so full. Because fancy is over. It’s gone the way of quiche and French onion soup. Also, Mr. Barry (so he says on the menu of his new resto) wanted to slow down and be more family-focussed.
A bright, modern mini-chain with eight locations around Toronto and the GTA, Vivo Pizza + Pasta offers classic Italian dishes at an approachable price. The menu checks all the boxes you would expect from a traditional Italian restaurant, covering antipasti, Neapolitan pizzas, and standard pastas like spaghetti carbonara and potato gnocchi topped with a choice