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Il Fornello - King Street


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Il Fornello - King Street

cynalan | Nov 22, 2008 05:31 PM

Had tickets for the symphony at Roy Thomson Hall last night. Given that I work in Grimsby and not knowing what traffic would be like, my SO booked a table for us at Il Fornello. It's across the street from Roy Thomson Hall, very convenient.

I was a bit worried about this as our last experience there was less than memorable. My fears were not unjustified. Interestingly, the place was jammed to the rafters. The menu identifies the restaurant as one of Toronto's 10 best in 2008 - laughable. The first indicator of a bad night was the waiter. He was indifferent and referred to my wife as sweetie, and honey. This was very off-putting. We asked for another waiter.

I ordered the Asiago Chicken, my wife seafood penne. Our dinner companions ordered the Osso Bucco special and Linguine Carbonara. Their meals were OK - they are not particularly picky, however, both of our meals were stone cold. Not only that - the chicken was supposed to be a stuffed supreme chicken, yet it was no larger than a chicken nugget. We both sent our dinners back, waited 15 minutes and the second waiter retunred the meals with a trite apology. Although my plate was hot, the food was still stone cold. Probably just let it sit under the warming light for a few minutes. My god - had to send the plate back twice!!! I said forget it and ordered a caesar salad with grilled chicken. What did I get... rotisserie chicken. This restaurant can't get anything right.

Toronto's 10 best??? No way! I shoulda known better and told my wife to book somewhere else. At least they comped the salad.

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