We tried La Grotta last Friday and were quite impressed. We live in the neighbourhood and had passed it quite a few times, without venturing in.
Food is italian (pizza, pasta, a few veal and chicken dishes and a daily fish).
SO had the fish of the day ($15), a red snapper that day, which was served with oven-roasted potatoes and steamed sugar snap peas (still green, not overcooked). He really liked it and wiped his plate clean.
I had the ceasar salad ($7.50), which is a very large salad made of quartered romaine (long pieces, not chopped) and generously drizzled with grated parmesan, croutons and very tangy homemade ceasar dressing (lots of anchovies, garlic and lemon). Very good. I paired my salad with the spaghetti aglio e olio, which was very good, as well, and so generously portioned that I brought half of it home. The pasta was al dente and very flavourful thanks to the garlic, oil and chilis. A sprinkle of parmesan completed the dish.
I finished my meal with a nice long espresso (flavourful, but not bitter).
La Grotta probably has the best house red I've had in Toronto so far. ($13.95 for half a liter)
We did not have dessert as they were out of panna cotta and that's what we felt like having.
Total bill was $68, including tax and tip. We had a very nice evening, the server was very friendly and charming and the chef came to see us a few times during the meal. It is great to find a nice restaurant in that area of East York.
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