Thursday, December 20, 2007
Thursday, December 6, 2007
It's a small, cozy, friendly restaurant with a bar and stools as well as table seating for about 20, I think. Since it's right across the street from the Toronto Sun building as well as adjacent to the SAS training centre, it gets really busy at lunch, but at night on a Wednesday it's really quiet. I felt like the only other people there were friends and family of the restaurant owners.
The menu is small and simple with antipasto, interesting salads, pizza, a few pastas, and authentic Italian desserts (gelato, triamisu, etc.). The menu is not on their website, so I took a picture of it in two pieces for you. You can click on the images to enlarge them.
I started with the soup of the day, which was lentil with homemade sausage. It was hearty and tasty without feeling heavy and the sausage was amazing -- full of fresh ingredients with a really soft texture that I didn't expect. I would recommend anything on the menu with sausage in it.
For my main, I had the Guidaica pizza, which had tomato sauce, mozzarella, grilled artichokes, pecorino (salty, parmesan-like cheese), and mint. It looks like quite a big pizza, but the crust is thin so one person can definitely handle it. I would have polished mine off if not for the soup. The crust was fantastic -- crispy and light. Rose tells me that they make the dough every morning. The tomato sauce was awesome too. It tasted homemade and didn't have that tomato pasty texture like most commercial pizza sauces. The toppings were all fresh and didn't overload the pizza. Delicious.
Rose had the 4 Stagioni pizza with tomato sauce, mozzarella, artichokes, ham, and olives. I snuck a piece and it was yummy too. I don't think you can go wrong with anything on the menu and the service was friendly and attentive.
I haven't seen much information online yet about this place, so let me be the first to say that you should really go. You won't be disappointed. Thank you, Rose, for bringing me here. You always know about the best places.
Mangia & Bevi
260 King Street East (entrance is on the west side of Ontario Street)
Sat: Lunch only