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39Osteria Ciceri e Tria

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Osteria Ciceri e Tria

It's hard to imagine the Terroni chain nabbing a spot on this list, but Osteria is their quality spot; it functions like a Neapolitan grandmother's trattoria, so what if she's not there. I've been there at night and watched the pasta lady filling ravioli, so la nonna may be AWOL, but her cooking is alive and well on Victoria Street. The prices are small but the flavours are large. Epicures measure southern Italian restaurants partly on the strength of the tomato sauce, and this one has depth and grandeur, thanks in large part to a generous contribution from toasted garlic. They do strong-flavoured pastas, seafood with that assertive tomato sauce and that old throwback eggplant parmiggiana - but not greasy. They roll pork up around almonds, guanciale, and that most Italian of veg, dandelion greens. This is simple cooking, with heart and soul. Don't count on the same high standard from the service.

CuisineItalian NeighborhoodFinancial District
Chef NameGiovanna Alonzi Sous Chef Namen/a
Address106 Victoria Street
Toronto, M5C 2B4
Hours of OperationMonday 11:30 am - 10 pm Friday & Saturday 11:30 am - 11 pm Website
Signature DishCiceri e Tria Signature DessertDolcetto fondente
MealsLunch, dinner Vegetarian FriendlyYes
Avg. cost for two$100.00 Credit Cards AcceptedAmEx, Mastercard, Visa
Wines Available10 Bring Your Own BottleNo
SommelierYes Corkage Feen/a
Year Opened2008 ReservationsRecommended for dinner
Private Party AreasNo PatioNo
Dress CodeNo Wheelchair AccessibleYes
Closest ATMThrough back exit ParkingRichmond & Victoria lot after 7 pm