The low­down on the city’s food scene

Midtown Post - - Food | Restaurant Reviews - — Karolyne El­la­cott

Say ar­rived­erci to Av­enue Road’s beloved Ital­ian res­tau­rant La Cascina. Own­ers Luca Del Rosso and Shar­ifa Jor­dan will be clos­ing shop by Feb. 25 and head­ing to Abruzzo, Italy. There, they’ll be run­ning a new res­tau­rant and B& B at Azienda Ni­co­las San­to­leri win­ery. Now that Hon­est Ed’s and Mirvish Vil­lage are no more,

South­ern Ac­cent, T.O.’s long­est run­ning Ca­jun eatery, has re­lo­cated to 839 Col­lege St. The res­tau­rant is now open seven days a week, start­ing with cof­fee and beignets at 8 a.m., lunchtime muf­falet­tas and the likes of jam­bal­aya for din­ner. Chef Nathan Is­berg of the now-shut­tered At­lantic has opened a plant-based eatery in Bloor West vil­lage. Awai, found at 2277 Bloor St. W., serves a tast­ing menu in ad­di­tion to the likes of paella, flat­breads and more. It also of­fers PWYC on re­quest (a carry-over from the un­ortho­dox At­lantic).

The lat­est Cal­i­for­nia

Sand­wiches is fi­nally up and run­ning at 861 York Mills Rd. Choose from clas­sic Ital­ian sand­wiches such as egg­plant or meat­ball. Dav­isville is set to get a new brunch spot this month:

Starv­ing Artist. The mini chain can be found at 505 Mt. Pleas­ant Rd. and will serve up waf­fles with a side of waf­fles (waf­fle benny, waf­fle French toast, waf­fles with scram­bled eggs, waf­fle sand­wiches…).

Mac-A-Tak is the lat­est res­i­dent at 3471 Yonge St., step­ping into the for­mer Scratch

Kitchen space. With a fo­cus on mac ’n’ cheese, the resto dishes out 12 vari­a­tions of the cheesy fave, in­clud­ing a jerk chicken num­ber and an­other with brisket, fried onions and whiskey BBQ sauce. Renowned chef Clau­dio Aprile has shut­tered his orig­i­nal

Ori­gin on King. But foodie fans need not be too dis­traught; the

MasterChef pre­sen­ter tweeted about an up­com­ing project. Stay tuned.…

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