#79 Nodo


Nodo made the Junction cool. It’s a big long room with even bigger buzz and the food is Italian comfort food done pretty well. They do a lot of pizza ‘n’ pasta, and what they do best is the pasta. What has my heart pounding are the gnocchi, which they offer two ways — Old school is with wild boar ragu (to my mind just another meat sauce), truffle oil and parmiggiano reggiano. New school is garlic cream with truffle, corn and wild mushroom. If you’re going to eat gnocchi, it might as well have some heavy cream. Nodo’s new school gnocchi are about as erotic as little pasta pillows get, lightly browned, their sauce redolent of truffle and wild mushroom. This is a plate-licker. As are the cannoli. They’re filled with creamed ricotta, unsullied by the weirdness of candied fruit. Apparently chef Roberto Marotta learned the recipe from his Sicilian grandmother. Grazie alla nonna.

  • Nodo
  • 2885 Dundas St. W., Toronto (map)
  • 416-901-1559
  • www.nodorestaurant.ca

  • Chef: Roberto Marotta
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Cost of dinner for two: $70
  • Hours: Mon. to Sun. 12 p.m. to late
  • Reservations: Private room only
  • Meals served: Lunch, dinner
  • Veggie-friendly: Yes
  • Wines available: 60
  • BYOB?:
  • Corkage fee:
  • Wheelchair accessible: Yes
  • CC accepted: Yes
  • Parking: Street parking
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