Restaurants & Bars Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Fusilli - decent!

50firstdatesguy | | Jan 7, 2008 12:50 PM

I did a search and didn't really see any recent reviews so here's one.

I went there for a last minute dinner on Friday evening. It's a nice little spot, and I had inquired about it before here on Chowhound and was told it was a romantic little restaurant.

Well it's a very nice little place but I don't know that it's that romantic or cozy. It feels more like a large dining room in a house. I could clearly hear everyone elses conversation and tables are only inches apart. No table cloth either, I noticed. So anyway, that's not really a knock against the place, just a clarification; it's very minimalist but not in a bad way. A nice place but not a place I'd formally label romantic enough for a date, but thats just me.

Service - the girl who works there tries her best but she made a few boo-boos. My soup was forgotten until I inquired, and the table next to me kept having their orders reveresed. Minor points but hey, its a review. She wasn't inattentive, just a little overwhelemed. The size of the dining room probably only requires one waiter/waitress but when its full it could probably use two. Anyway she did her best, and was more than happy to bring my soup. Again, I felt she tried her best.

Oh, and on a Friday, they were out of mussels for my pescatore spaghetti. I was slightly disappointed given that it was a Friday night, I guess in general I feel everything should be in stock on a weekend.

Anyway, those are the only negative things I could really say. On to the good.

The food was delicious! I had the caprese salad, which was good, not too oily, good quality cheese, and I had the soup of the day which was like a kind of mushroom bisque. Really flavourful soup, I was scraping my bowl with the spoon to get it all.

As I mentioned, I had the pescatore spaghetti. It was delicious as well - the only knock against it is that again, they were out of mussels and didn't appear to have thrown in any extra shrimp or scallops to make up for it. But it was still quite delicious and I enjoyed it.

Date had the Penne Boscaiola which is a veggie pasta dish, and she really liked it. Portions were decent, we didn't feel the need for dessert.

Price point was decent, two glasses of house red plus all the above came to around $75 tax/tip in.

My honest review is that because I live nearby (or hypothetically if I didn't live nearby but was in the area) I would DEFINTIELY go back. However, if I didn't live nearby, I don't think I would go out of my way the same way I plan on returning to Camarra's, even though Camarra's is totally out of my way, if any of that makes any sense.

Anyway, Fusilli, thumbs up. Decently priced, good quality Italian in a modest location.

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