Italian Restaurant Week returns to Toronto this summer for 10 days in July.
Also known as Giro d’Italia, the 2018 summer edition is presented by American Express and runs from July 5 to 15 at 15 of Toronto’s top Italian restaurants.
Participating restaurants will each showcase the cuisine of a different region of Italy by offering a four-course prezzo fisso (prix fixe) menu priced at $52. While slightly pricier than Summerlicious (which runs concurrently), Giro d’Italia will offer authentic dishes with the aim of showing “that reduced pricing doesn’t mean reduced quality, or quantity, of food.”
Participating restaurants include:
Chef Roberto Marotta will offer Lazio-inspired menu at his King East restaurant. On the menu, Carciofi alla Romana (fried artichokes), Tonnarelli Cacio e Pepe, and Spaghetti alla Carbonara made with Pecorino Romano and cured pork cheek.
Address: 243 King Street East, Toronto
Look forward to Pork Belly Ciausolo, Spaghetti con la Cicoria, and Cicerchiata on the table with this east end Italian restaurant celebrates Le Marche.
Address: 1111 Queen Street East, Toronto
The Junction-area wine bar is doing dinner Liguria style and offering scratch-made foccacia with white anchovies to start followed by selections of sea bass with capers and Taggiasca olives, veal shoulder stuffed with fresh herbs, chard, and spinach, and more.
Address: 3047 Dundas Street West, Toronto
Eat like the Calabrese at this cooking studio serving a menu of Bucatini al Ragù, baccalà with cicoria and sauteéd romano beans, and hazelnut gelato among its menu selections.
Address: 1338 Lansdowne Avenue, Toronto
Expect a menu featuring dishes from Umbria at this enoteca. The menu boasts tagliatelle with Porcini mushrooms, fava beans and ricotta salata, porchetta with sauteéd endive, Ciamaricola Cake with whipped ricotta and strawberries, and more.
Address: 1288 Dundas Street West, Toronto
Start with eggplant caponata, cacciotore di Basilicata, and caciocavallo cheese before moving on to dishes like orecchiette with pork ragù and grilled lamb with potato and pimentino at this Avenue Road restaurant offering a menu inspired by Basilicata.
Address: 134 Avenue Road, Toronto
A menu inspired by dishes from Piemonte is on offer at this downtown restaurant. Among the enticing selections find Bagna Cauda, Agnolotti stuffed with pork and beef and finished with sage and brown butter, a chocolate-hazelnut dessert, and more.
Address: 15 Toronto Street, Toronto
Phone: 416- 306-0467
Chicken liver paté with crostini, pappardelle with wild boar ragù, and fresh pasta stuffed with ricotta, Parmigiano and spinach, are all on the menu at this Yorkville restaurant repping Toscana.
Address: 265 Davenport Road, Toronto
Doing Sardegna proud, this Queen West restaurant is serving up pizza topped with pecorino and zucchini, gnocchi with tuna, cherry tomatoes and fennel fronds, and Fregola di Mare featuring saffron, clams, shrimp, calamari and crusty bread.
Address: 875 Queen Street West, Toronto
Tour the region of Friuli Venezia-Giulia with your taste buds at this restaurant on Bathurst Street. On the menu, find selections like white asparagus with burrata and pine nuts, linguini, summer peas and crispy pancetta, apple crostata, and more.
Address: 3827 Bathurst Street, Toronto
Representing Emilia Romagna over lunch-hour, this Italian market will be dishing out antipasti including parma, prosciuttello, and cantaloupe along with Romagnolo-style pasta with zucchini-lemon sauce and speck, and Crema Catalana with Parmigiano Reggiano and sour cherries.
Address: 46 Milford Avenue, Toronto
Showcasing specialties from Lombardia, this Queen West restaurant will offer hearty selections such as buckwheat cheese fritters, polenta with sausage and porcini mushrooms, fried meatballs from Milano, and gelato to finish.
Address: 354 Queen Street West, Toronto
Featuring dishes from Puglia, this Rosedale restaurant is serving Burrata Pugliese with brown butter asparagus, guanciale and almonds, Spaghetti al Nero di Seppia (squid ink-stained pasta with prawns) and Tortino di Pistachio for dessert.
Address: 1112 Yonge Street, Toronto
Celebrate the culinary traditions of Sicily at this Oakville restaurant where the menu features seafood-centric selections such as Insalata di Polpo (octopus), Fritto Misto, and Spaghetti con le Sarde with sardines, fennel, raisins, saffron, and toasted breadcrumbs.
Address: 49 Bronte Road, Oakville
Enjoy a taste of Campania at this midtown restaurant during Italian Restaurant Week. The full menu still TBA.
Address: 2150 Yonge Street, Toronto