Tag Archives: Italian Food

Chicken Carbonara with Pancetta & Lemon Zest


By: Lisa Ng

Spaghetti carbonara is a real treat. 

I love ordering it when I’m at a restaurant, but it’s oh-so-simple to make at home. My secret? Use store-bought rotisserie chicken and shred it all down at home. I also buy fresh pasta (it cooks quickly) and pre-cut pancetta pieces to reduce the number of steps in this recipe.

High quality cream and fresh organic eggs help to create the perfect silky carbonara sauce. I like to serve it a side of sauteed broccolini with my carbonara pasta. The lemon zest and sprinkle of fresh parsley truly elevates the entire dish. Here’s the recipe: (more…)

Ovest Cucina e Vineria

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By: Natalia Dziubaniwsky

Italian is one of my absolute favourite cuisines. I visited Italy for the first time a couple of years ago and was blown away by the cuisine and overall philosophy of food. I was amazed at how meals made from scratch using a few simple ingredients could be so mind-blowing and memorable. Ever since then I have been chasing that same experience, and jumping at the chance to try out new Italian fare at Ovest Cucina e Vineria in Toronto. (more…)

La Bruschetta Restaurant – Toronto


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. (more…)