Dating on a dime: Dinner for two at Paese in Toronto

Apr 27 2017, 12:28 am

Girls With No Frills love to eat more than their salaries allow. Self-proclaimed millennials whose jobs include free meals, flashy perks, and low pay. In this weekly column GWNF highlights Toronto establishments where two can dine on dime.

Spring is in the air, and by spring we mean seasonal allergies and new menu items of course! Fresh Ontario leafy greens, veggies, garnishes and herbs are gracing our plates and palettes–hibernation is over.

We recently visited Paese in North York this week and had a chance to sample all the new Spring menu items.

Tony, owner and chef of Paese, had one request for his team when coming up with the new menu: although the dishes had to stick to their origins, they needed to be fun and healthy. Understanding the demands of our ever growing millennial #fitspo squads, he’s on the right track.

The Place

Paese has been around for quite some time now, nestled in central North York. The Italian word ‘Paese’ translates to “town” or “village/community” which is fitting, given the fact that the food tastes like it came straight from the motherland. Specializing in Italian cuisine, Paese gives some of its traditional meals a modern twist.

The Food

Tuna Tartar
Menu Description: tonnato sauce, fingerling crisps

dinner on a dime


We didn’t expect to see tuna tartar on the menu but like we said, Paese offers that twist on Italian food, the chefs take risks that paid off well for our taste buds. We weren’t exactly sure what tonnato sauce was but again, were pleasantly surprised. Though small in size, the dish was rich in taste and teased us for what was to come.

Pizza Arancini
Menu Description: cheese risotto ball, pepperoni, mozzarella, parmigiano, tomato sauce.



This dish really stole a pizza of our heart! And what’s better that a regular, traditional flat pizza pie? One that’s rolled into a little rice ball and deep friend, of course. This arancino is the next logical step in your meal, packed with meat, sauce, and cheese it’s only natural to have an actual pizza for your next dish.

150 Eh
Menu Description: artisanal coppa, brussel sprouts, cheddar, cheese curd, maple syrup.

To celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, the team came up with a more Canadian influenced dish, and what’s more Canadian than some maple syrup? This salty and sweet ode to Canada is the perfect way to end the meal, satisfying both your appetite and your sweet tooth.

The Drinks

From Monday to Friday, Paese offers  BYOW policy. What’s BYOW? Exactly what you’d expect, Bring Your Own Wine minus the uncorking fee! Feel free to bring your own favourite wine while avoiding the mark-ups. Too lazy to hit up an LCBO? Some of Paese’s bottles are especially well priced, for example, the Tignanello 2013 retails at the LCBO for $105 and is available for $135 on the menu at Paese.

The Tab

  • Tuna Tartar = $18
  • Pizza Arancini = $15
  • 150 Eh = $16

$49 (before tax and tip)

Our Take on the Tab

Paese isn’t too fancy, but definitely not casual. Dinner for two for less than $50 with BYOW makes this place ideal for a date that won’t break the bank. Everything is made in house (bread, pepper spreads, etc) and the menu is filled with carbs ensuring no one leaves hungry.


Address: 3827 Bathurst Street, North York
Phone: 416-631-6585

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