Restaurants & Bars 8

The Big Ragu

marni | Apr 11, 2006 09:53 AM

We were in the Corso Italia neighbourhood on Friday night and, based on the recs of other hounds, decided to try out the Big Ragu at the corner of Lansdowne & St Clair. What a great place! Very small & homey - the owner & chef both did tours to chat with patrons.

It is a small regular menu with quite a few daily specials. We had the beef carpaccio, calamari and mushroom & arugula salad appetizers, which were all very good and on the regular menu. For mains, we had a stuffed veal chop, sausage & fagioli stew and gnocchi in cream sauce with "naked" ravioli (balls of the ricotta, spinach & herbs that would normally be inside the pasta pockets) - all daily specials. Everything was good - but the gnocchi was divine: very light & fluffy, they apparently make it every Friday, like they do in Rome. My only complaint was the "naked" raviloi was a bit strong tasting for me (too much sage, I think). Dinner for 3 (3 apps, 3 mains, 1 litre of wine and a couple of soft drinks) was $175 plus tip. We didn't try the desserts b/c we went to La Paloma 2 doors down for gelati (yum!).

We will definitely go back, but would make reservations next time. We were lucky to get a table in the small space with all the regulars.

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