So we moved to Corso Italia and Centro has become my favorite place in the neighborhood. Actually, Centro was one of the reasons we moved there. We were walking down St Clair and wandered into Centro. I saw the big Serrano ham in the deli case and decided I had to live here.
Last week I showed up around 1:30pm and I was the only person in the room who didn't speak Italian. I wasn't sure what to order so I had a veal cutlet, some braised escarole, and some pasta. You want bread? they ask. I nod. They hand me a loaf of bread. The pasta was little tubes with broccoli in garlic and oil; it seemed like a throwaway choice but it turned out to be the best part - they doused it with good grated cheese and it turned out to be filled with big chunks of pancetta as well. So I couldn't stop eating it.
So today I wander in again for lunch around 2:30pm. The hot table has already been picked over by the Italian retirees but there is a small dish of some chicken looking stuff. What's that, I ask the lady. Rabbit, she says. You like rabbit? Oh yes, I say. So she dumps the rest of the rabbit on my plate, and some risotto and salad. You want bread? she asks. I say yes and she hands me a loaf again.
The rabbit was delish, and everything else too. I almost run out of bread sopping up the rabbit gravy. I wish I could have had half a bottle of wine to go with, but I was basically eating in the food court so no liquor license. The total damage was $12.95 plus tax. I asked if they did rabbit everyday. They said Tues, Thurs, Sat. Now I just have to figure out what to eat on the other days.
Centro Trattoria & Formaggio
1224 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6E 1B4, CA