Saturday, July 20, 2013
The Taste of Italy comes to North York
It calls itself Italian Street Food. I am not sure it's really street food since how many places have a wood fire oven on the street? Anyway that's the good part, they do have a wood fired oven in the corner of the restaurant so that they can make authentic Napolitano pizzas. I tried the Margherita pizza, I like my pizzas classic and simple. The true Italians don't cram a million ingredients on a pizza, they normally have about 2 or 3 toppings. If you put too much on a pizza it gets soggy and you can't taste the actual pizza anymore, just the mixed up toppings.
I even had some bottled water from Italy. I don't think it makes much difference but it showed the attention to detail in making it authentic Italian.
The room was beautifully designed with a long marble counter. The staff was very welcoming and took my name and then I proceeded down the line where another staff member called me by name. Again, attention to customer service and detail. I picked a dessert and then chose to get water. Another staff member brought my order over to my table when it was ready. The service was excellent. I do hope it stays that way. The room although the tables and chairs were dark the window let in so much light that it felt bright and airy... a stark contrast from my morning brunch dining experience. see previous post for details.
It wasn't a large menu but I will go back and try one of their pastas as they did look really good.
I have to say the only thing that wasn't authentic Italian was the dessert. I got the Tiramisu which was present in a shot type of glass. Unfortunately it didn't really look like a Tiramisu and it didn't taste anything like a traditional Tiramisu. It wasn't bad tasting it was just badly named and should be called a mousse dessert instead. I was surprised that they didn't have any Italian cookies like Amaretto cookies or even some fresh Gelato. If they add a Gelato machine and make a couple of signature gelato flavours each day they will be the hot spot of the area for a very long time.
I do think this is going to be a very busy place and I think if they keep the quality and the service up it will remain in it's location for a long time. Trends come and go but classic Pizza is forever.
but SHHH.... don't tell too many people so that I can still get a table in there when I have a Napolitano pizza craving.
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