#3 Buca Osteria & Bar

Buca Osteria & Bar

A tall elegant room in light wood and stone, with the same delightful waitstaff as Buca King Street. The food is similarly spectacularly Italian, but with the emphasis on seafood. Cold-smoked tuna, salami of octopus, garlic, lemon and parsley. Go wild with their revival of tableside theatre. The price is steep: For $42 we watch the waiter surgically attack a whole raw sea bass, filet it and slice the flesh into thin coins like petals on the plate, which he then sprinkles with prosecco, snazzy olive oil, and grated (!!) sea salt. To eat this sashimi is to know joy. Similarly sexy is the tableside carving of salt-baked whole fish. But one cannot visit a Buca without eating pasta. Fat noodles come with perfect little BC clams, nuggets of house-smoked eel and sea beans. Big shells are stuffed with dreamy puree of scallops with ricotta and sauced with tomatoes from Naples, so sweet and strong they might make me eschew our tasteless tomatoes for life.

  • Buca Osteria & Bar
  • 53 Scollard St., Toronto (map)
  • 416-962-2822
  • www.buca.ca

  • Chef: Rob Gentile
  • Sous Chef: Ryan Campbell
  • Cuisine: Italian,Seafood
  • Cost of dinner for two: $150
  • Hours: Monday to Wednesday: 11:30am – 10pm, Thursday to Friday: 11:30am – 11pm, Saturday: 10am – 11pm, Sunday: 10am – 10pm
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Meals served: Breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner
  • Veggie-friendly: Yes
  • Wines available: 250
  • BYOB?: No
  • Patio: No
  • Private party area: Semi-private
  • Wheelchair accessible: Yes
  • CC accepted: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover
  • Parking: Four Seasons valet or street parking
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