Sara Says...

DINE and Destinations - - EDITORS LETTER -

When we’re glo­be­trot­ting for flavours, the place we usu­ally want to land is Italy. Steven Salari has brought the gen­eros­ity and hon­esty of clas­sic Ital­ian cui­sine from the Col­lege St. ghetto to up­scale Ave & Dav. Open just weeks, his reg­u­lar clien­tele is flock­ing back, and neigh­bor­hood passersby have dis­cov­ered their new favourite resto. In plain speak, the room is sexy (light­ing is ev­ery­thing) with white leather booths, and a bar that in­vites us to linger and have an­other glass of wine. Coco Lez­zone not just a spe­cial-oc­ca­sion restau­rant, but there is a pri­vate chef’s ta­ble, and an even more dis­creet pri­vate din­ing room where a few friends can come to cel­e­brate.

The menu of­fers the dishes that made us fall in love with Ital­ian cook­ing in the first place. The true test is the tomato sauce. Here, it’s made in the kitchen by some­one with a canny hand and in­tel­li­gent taste buds. Lin­guine po­modori is just plain good eating. Serve me the cap­rese salad, a stack of thickly lay­ered toma­toes and bo­con­ncini with swirls of sweet basil bal­samic dress­ing, with a bas­ket of home­made, olive-stud­ded rolls and I’m happy. The sig­na­ture dish is whole grilled striped bass that serves two ad­mirably. I am eye­ing a plate of veal scalop­pini be­ing en­joyed at a neigh­bour­ing ta­ble. I’ve put it in my lit­tle black book for a re­turn visit.

RE­SERVE: 416-975-1717

Coco Lez­zone re-opened in its all new home on March 21st in the heart of Yorkville at 137 Av­enue Road. Ital­ian Cui­sine with char­ac­ter. Fea­tur­ing home-made pas­tas. piz­zas & more

Open 7 days a week. Come in and ex­pe­ri­ence our menu, wine list and invit­ing decor

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