Based on an earlier thread recommending restaurants in the Distillery District area, we've been to Mangia & Bevi twice in recent weeks. Ironically, I have walked by its location on Ontario St, just north of King (and a couple blocks east of Sherbourne) dozens of times and never even knew it existed. I believe it also has a main entrance off of King, but that requires going through an office-building and signage is noticeably lacking. But, after our experiences, I felt this gem needs its own thread to sing its praises.....
We've just tried pizzas and salads here, but have been blown away by the quality ingredients and obvious care which is put into making their food. The piccannte and barese pizzas were particularly outstanding. Thin crust, slightest of char on the underside and delicious. Last visit we tried a mushroom and arugula salad that was tremendous, freshly sauteed mushrooms atop a bed of arugula and asiago which began melting from the heat of the mushrooms as it was served - brilliantly simple and tasty.
Having been to Terroni a few times, with steadily declining results every time (on my last visit the pizza was thinner than a sturdy post-card, and the salads are clearly pre-made giving the frigid temperatures of the plates they are served in), Mangia & Bevi is an incredibly refreshing experience. Unrushed dining experience, friendly service, and a warm loft-like atmosphere. I haven't tried Pizza Libretto yet, but this is the best pizza I have had in Toronto and it's not really that close.
It's a bit of a tough place to find if you don't know where it is, but - isn't that the sign of a true Chowfind?
Restaurant website: www.mbresto.com
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