I've been desperate for flavour since the closing of Tabla and Chakra, and somewhat underwhelmed lately by the usual Italian restaurants of North Toronto. I read a couple of months ago about a new wood fired pizza place on Yonge north of Lawrence. Four visits later, here are my thoughts.
Vibe: The locals have quickly glommed on to this place, and the service reflects a certain familiarity. The menu is a framework from which special requests are met with enthusiasm. No problem to move sauces between pastas, or on the side with meats, or add ingredients to pizzas.
Bread: They have a wood burning oven, dough, and correlate the obvious. Nice fresh warm bread, lightly oiled presented very quickly upon arrival.
Apps: Perfectly fried calamari, though the coating might be a bit heavy. Fried mushrooms with truffle oil have great flavour, good size portions. Mixed grilled veg platter is great value.
Pizzas: Wood fired thin crusts, with great selection of ingredients and flexibility.
Pastas: Nice portions, priced in the early-mid teens.
Wines: Many in the range around $40
Overall: Solicitous, warm service, great food, and really good price points. They are using their wood fired oven to full advantage, and building a good local following. It's not high art, but it's very well executed food done by good people. One particularly telling event came when the bill arrived, and the discrepancy in the price of a bottle of wine was pointed out before I could ask about it. Rather than the $40 list price, it was billed at $35, as the distributor had discounted the latest shipment, and the owner had chosen to pass that on.