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Via Allegro Review

bogie | Jul 8, 2006 04:32 AM

Recently, my wife and I were looking for a special occasion restaurant for celebrating our 1st. Anniversary.

After reading reviews including Toronto Life and articles about their wine cellar, we decided to go there.

It was spectacular!

They have 4000+ choices in their wine cellar, 600+ scotches and an amazing grappa selection. If you like the finer things, this is the place for you.

The decor was a bit overblown with custom fresco work, paintings and a lot of wrought iron. However, it actually worked quite well together.

We started with a glass each of champagne, and shared a Pizza Marguerita. It was done in their wood burning oven, and is the best example I've had thus far in Toronto.

Then we had a glass each of Macabao from Spain, and shared a penne arrabiatta. The pasta was obviously homemade and the tomatoes they used were exquisitely ripe.

As an intermezzo, they gave us a banana-grappa gelato, yum.

My wife had a glass of Greco Di Tufo with her black cod, giant sea scallops and collosal prawns over saffron-lemon-calamari risotto. It was a huge main course and she enjoyed it immensely.

I drank an Evasham Pinot Noir from Oregon with my "chef's choice" 16oz veal rib chop. I cannot even begin to describe how decadent this dish was. It was so thick, well-marbled and succulent. You have to try it to believe it. It was not at all like mild Provimi veal, which they also offer, but more like beef. I consider it the best piece of meat that I have ever eaten, no kidding. It came with a potato-fennel gratin and cauliflower-truffle flan. WOW!

We rested for a while and then ordered dessert. My wife had an Australian Black Muscat with her bleu cheese, lavender honey and walnut panna cotta. I indulged in a mascarpone-passionfruit cheesecake with amerini cookie crust and toasted coconut.

To end my meal, I indulged in a Grappa di Amarone. That's right, grappa made from Amarone pomace. What a taste experience.

$290 including taxes and then a $50 tip to our excellent server, Sanjay.

We even got a tour of their 20,000 bottle wine cellar afterwards.

They definitely deserve their DiRONA Award, this was one of the most memorable meals in my life.

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