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#38 Ufficio

Ufficio

Pescatarian Italiana in downtown west hipster-ville. The cocktail list is innovation personified, and they take res! You don’t even notice the absence of meat when inhaling super-sweet sliced raw scallops with shaved apple and fennel in puckery buttermilk vinaigrette. Moist oil-cured tuna plays nice with olives and celery, and grilled oil-brushed bread is an irresistible carb. Everybody roasts cauliflower, but adding creamy/tart goat milk yogurt is a clever nuance, good with the grapes and almonds. Aficionados of butterfat will swoon over agnolotti stuffed with puree of porcini and swimming in buttery sauce. Ditto re octopus — it’s everywhere, and novel here thanks to sweet/sour caponata. Skip the sage gnudi, they’re mealy.


  • Ufficio
  • 1214 Dundas St. W., Toronto (map)
  • 416-535-8888
  • www.ufficiorestaurant.com

  • Chef: Craig Harding (consulting chef), Jeffrey Bovis
  • Cuisine: Seafood,Italian
  • Cost of dinner for two: $100
  • Hours: Tues. to Thurs. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri. to Sat. 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Meals served: Brunch, dinner
  • Veggie-friendly: Yes
  • Wines available: 50
  • BYOB?:
  • Corkage fee:
  • Private party area: Can rent entire venue
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • CC accepted: Yes
  • Parking: Street parking and Green P nearby
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