Negroni has been alluded to a few times here (mostly by Rabbit), but I figured maybe it deserves a thread all its own.
I went there for dinner a couple of nights ago when I needed to kill time between work and a show down the street. I sat at the bar, ordered the "house cured tuna plate" and a glass of wine, and just had a very nice light dinner. It was just a simple salad of oil-packed tuna, cucumbers, grape tomatoes, green beans, basil, capers, and dressed very lightly. And honestly, it was far more satisfying than I expected it to be. Clean flavors that complimented each other well without being too salty, too oily, too cloying, too whatever. There was only one occupied table while I was there, and their sandwiches at least smelled amazing when they hit the panini press - no idea how they tasted because I'm not THAT nosy. I'm just happy to have found a place close to work where I can have a nice lunch and maybe a glass of wine at a reasonable price and leave happy - I'll probably be there a fair amount before the summer's over. It's a shame that the back patio isn't licensed, because it looked cozier for lingering with a book than the bar was. Didn't get a chance to try the ice cream yet, but got a prime view of the staff snitching it - might have to try it next time. I'm hoping they do most of their business at lunchtime, because I was in the neighborhood again last night and it was similarly deserted.
All I could think of while I was there was, "wow, this is such a...ME kind of place." :) Solid, simple, tasty...not pretentious, not trying too hard.
Specifics: menu includes a variety of panini and a few salads and other plates. Drinks available are a handful of whites, a larger handful (mittful?) of reds (all Italian) and one cocktail: the namesake. Most things around 10 bucks. Owned by the Sidecar folks.
492 College Street, Toronto, ON M6G 1A4, CA