“Love the room, love the food — modern, fresh and unpretentious. The polpo e fagioli was a standout.”
When chef Rob Rossi announced his beloved Bestellen was closing, sadness struck the hearts of Toronto foodies. But the Top Chef Canada finalist already had other plans in store for his west end space, partnering with David Minicucci (L’Unità) on what has swiftly become one of the hottest destinations in town. The bright and sexy room was scraped clean of its dark wood past and punctuated with Bordeaux-hued banquettes. A regionless menu allows Rossi to skip around the boot. Ital favourites include swirls of tonnarelli noodles playing linchpin in the classic cacio e pepe. Octopus-mad Torontonians now have another dish to add to lists. This fire-kissed take arrives on a bed of cannellini beans, ladled with verdant salmoriglio for a lemony accent. Pizza options include the cheeky l’Amatriciana, a blistered pie version of the timeless guancialestudded red sauce pasta. Arrive with your flâneur hat on. The Giulietta room is buzzy, offering top tier peoplewatching. 972 College St.
From top: Polpo e fagioli, Little Portugal’s new Italian joint