I have a new favourite Italian restaurant in Toronto.
If you’re craving truly authentic Italian food in an unpretentious setting in Toronto’s Corso Italia neighbourhood – then this mom & pop restaurant is for you. La Bruschetta on St. Clair Avenue West knocked it out of the park for me. I get to enjoy a lot of fine dining thanks to this job, but I would take a home cooked Italian meal from La Bruschetta any day.
So how did I come across this place? My accountant is the same accountant as the owner of La Bruschetta and he swears by the food – it is delicious. Since we were dining with a regular, Paul and I sat back and let our accounting team order and let the staff at La Bruschetta work their magic.
We started with a half order of Penne All’ Arrabiata, cooked perfectly al dente in a spicy, garlic tomato sauce ($13, above). First off, you should know that ALL the pasta is made fresh in-house, so you should eat as much of it as humanly possible. We followed this with the Rigatoni Boscaiola tossed with a ground lamb and cremini mushroom bolognese, simmered in brandy and finished with truffle oil ($21, above). So many flavours happening at once with this dish and all of it complimenting on another. The pasta dishes were some of the best I have ever eaten.
We enjoyed two delicious salads – Caesar Salad ($9) with homemade dressing and a Spinach Salad ($12) served with sliced pear, walnuts and brie cheese in a honey, nectar and garlic dressing.
I’m a big gnocchi eater and when I found out it was made at La Bruschetta, we put in an order for their Gnocchi Grainati ($16) served with a creamy rose sauce. Each dumpling was perfectly chewy and a little pillow of pasta heaven.
I’m personally not a big veal eater, but from the little bit that I tasted of The Filetto Di Todi ($28) was superb, especially the sauce. The aspargus is wrapped in veal, proscuitto and smoked provolone cheese.
Lastly we sampled the Eggplant Parmigiana and the Jumbo Shrimp in garlic and white wine sauce. We were so stuffed with food and wine that there was definitely no room for dessert.
La Bruschetta is the real deal. Come hungry, because you’ll want to eat everything. There was not one dish that I did not like and you can tell how much care is put into all their made-from-scratch menu items. When I return again, I will bring a big group of friends for dinner, order lots of wine and eat family style. This is not a meal that should be rushed and I can’t wait until I’m back in Toronto again.
1317 St. Clair Ave. W.