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#14 Scaramouche Pasta Bar

Scaramouche Pasta Bar

Are we tired of the Pasta Bar? Is it old hat? Is it boring? NO NO NO! Despite the owners’ new outpost in the country, their superb professionalism and joyous dedication to Scaramouche’s food and service never falter. Everybody does pasta, nobody as well as the pasta Bar. Their ravioli of parsnip is so complex and smooth it brings strong foodies to their knees. The silken filling, the carefully composed strewing of al dente tiny brussels sprouts and their leaves, chanterelles and tiny fragments of smoky bacon all knit together with brown butter sauce spiked with orange picada, a Catalonian finishing touch of toasted hazelnuts with orange, garlic and saffron. Partner this with impeccable raw tuna spiked with lime, ginger, coriander, pickled red onions and shiso leaf in sweet soy chile sauce, and there’s no old hat here. Their meat and fish dishes are equally superb. Sophisticated desserts come from the mother-ship bakeshop. Coconut cream pie never gets old

  • Scaramouche Pasta Bar
  • 1 Benvenuto Pl., Toronto (map)
  • 416-961-8011

  • Chef: Keith Froggett, Scott Hildebrandt
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Cost of dinner for two: $110
  • Hours: Mon. to Sat. 5:30 p.m. to close
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Meals served: Dinner
  • Veggie-friendly: Yes
  • Wines available: 250+
  • BYOB?: Yes
  • Corkage fee: $35/bottle
  • Patio: No
  • Private party area: Can book entire venue Sundays
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • CC accepted: Yes
  • Parking: Complimentary valet parking
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