DINE and Destinations - - SARA SAYS -

If you think you can no longer be sur­prised by the fi­nesse of Ital­ian food in Toronto, you will be thrilled with what pro­pri­etor Robert De Zorzi and Chef Domenic Co­lacci are com­ing up with at this hid­den gem in a strip mall in North Toronto’s Ital­ian re­gions. For 15 years they have been pleas­ing the who’s who of the city’s in­dus­tri­al­ists at lunch. Fresh sum­mer truf­fles come from Puglia and the word goes out. Reg­u­lars ar­rive and or­der show­ers of the aro­matic tu­ber on their sunny side ups, pas­tas, or what­ever their heart de­sires. While I’m think­ing that the cost of the truf­fles on my fresh fet­tuc­cine is about as much as a car pay­ment, Chef Do­minic says apolo­get­i­cally, “be­cause of the truf­fles, the pasta has to cost $18.” Oh my, I love this food.

Now giv­ing in to cus­tomers’ de­mands, they’re open for din­ner on Fri­day and Satur­day evenings. Wine from their ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion flows, and live mu­sic by singer/pi­anist Mel­low Dee sets the mood. You’ll see the Fresh On­tario lamb chops fly from the kitchen, with each veg­etable given care­ful re­spect. They won’t re­move the favourite chicken on the grill pressed with a 10-lb brick from the menu, as no one will ever tire of this crisp­skinned, juicy bird. The pasta spe­cial­ties are of such light­ness of tex­ture and ex­quis­ite taste they could be enough to make an Ital­ian man choose Trimani over Mama. This clien­tele is ac­cus­tomed to per­sonal ser­vice and food of the high­est level. “We’ve built a rep­u­ta­tion,” says Co­lacci. “We lis­ten to peo­ple’s needs and wants. What­ever they need, we take care of that. It’s about peo­ple. They talk to me like they’re my friends. We make what­ever they want. If I have it, I will do it for them. We cus­tom­ize for ev­ery­body, what­ever they need.”

Cre­ated by Chef Domenic Co­lacci, Trimani Ristorante

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