#12 La Cascina Ristorante

La Cascina Ristorante

La Cascina is our local nod to the fabulous country cooks of the boot. Chef Luca Del Rosso cooks the bests of Abruzzo in an ordinary little room on Avenue Road. His menu is built for sharing. Best plan is to order one antipasto, pasta and main for two people, let the chef choose which ones, and share it all. Antipasto is a parade of small delights, the best being a sweet little stew of purple cauliflower and fresh persimmon, squash with walnuts, onion marmalade with figs and red wine, chickpea pure, yummy salt cod roasted with with cherry tomatoes and red peppers. Chef seduces us with his home-made chitarra (pasta like a big spaghetti) tossed with long-cooked zucchini perfumed with black truffle. Meat is tender veal slathered in multi-mushrooms. Almost too much pleasure.

  • La Cascina Ristorante
  • 1552 Avenue Rd., Toronto (map)
  • 416-590-7819
  • www.lacascina.ca

  • Chef: Luca Del Rosso
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Cost of dinner for two: $80.00
  • Hours: Mon. 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Wed. to Fri. 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Sat. 6 p.m. to 11 p,m.
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Meals served: Dinner
  • Veggie-friendly: Yes
  • Wines available: 30
  • BYOB?: Yes
  • Corkage fee: $25/bottle
  • Patio: No
  • Private party area: Sunday bookings available
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • CC accepted: Yes
  • Parking: Street parking, Green P nearby
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